More than 50 AMA members and guests started their morning yesterday with a reminder that leadership begins within and titles really don’t matter. In case you missed it, here are a few takeaways:
- First, why are good leaders necessary? According to presenter Lee Bouche, poor relationships, especially with supervisors, are the main reason people leave their jobs. And having a friend – a good relationship – at work is the primary factor people list as what makes them happiest in their jobs. Leadership is about relationships.
- To become a good leader, start on the inside. Who pops into your head when you think of a great leader? Why? Know this to know what to emulate, and start by being that person on the inside in order to be that person on the outside.
- Be intentional. This translates to the workplace too. Intentional leadership starts with an intentional culture. Do you know your individual/company’s/organization’s preferred culture? What are yo doing to live it?
- The top characteristics of admired leaders: honesty, forward-looking, inspiring, competent. To begin to live these characteristics, we ask ourselves:
- How do you build trust? Start by DWYSYWD (Doing what you say you will do.) Actions speak louder than words.
- How do you reinforce purpose? Start by asking why? The stronger the why, the more successful the what.
- How do you create passion? Start with genuine energy. Do you create more energy when you walk into a room or when you leave a room? Do you empower others or seek power?
- How do you live respectfully? Start by nourishing others. Charisma has more to do with helping others feel good about themselves than helping you feel good about yourself.
- Leadership is about working with and through OTHERS. “Others” is the key.
LinkedIn follow suggestions:
- The Leadership Challenge by Barry Posner and Jame M. Kouzes
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell