Monthly Leadership lessons
I recently received a text that said, "STOP TEXTING and enjoy your weekend!" A leader and friend of mine was reminding me that some things are more important than work.
You can tell a lot about someone when you are on a trip with them. We recently took a trip with a small group of friends. We call each other the Redwood Friends.
He had no reason to do it. There was literally nothing in it for himself. Fred (not his real name) had invested in this leader who was an integral part of his team.
I call it dog dumping. It’s when your grown children dump their pets on you while they take a vacation or a trip.
They were taking a risk. They didn’t know these strangers, other than the connection of being friends of friends. Yet, they did it anyway.
Sometimes I think the young generation that is saturating our work force gets a bad rap.
The goal of many of those in the work force is to amass as much money as they can, as quickly as possible. They envision and pursue a financial portfolio that will allow them to retire at an early age.
Sometimes you find strong leadership right under your nose. My sister-in-law, Charlotte, has been leading for a long time. She is incredibly civic minded and has a heart for education among other things. She has been leading an uphill battle to begin a charter school in her city.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Normandy region of France. It gave me a new perspective of what happened during the WWII freeing of France by the Allies. Specifically, we walked the Omaha and Utah beaches.
Kamal has been working for a large International Hotel conglomerate for over 22 years. His job is to provide transportation for the people who stay in the hotel.
Influence is an incredible thing. Having the ability to impact the character, development, and behavior of someone else isn’t something to take lightly.
One of the most critical, defining moments in your leadership is how you deal with a failure after it occurs. Everyone is looking to blame someone else, and no one wants to own the moment.
Your influence is yours, and yours alone. What I’m trying to say is, it’s ok to be unique. In fact, people are more likely to follow someone who they see as authentic.
Being credible has nothing to do with your credentials - it has everything to do with trust. Can people trust that you do what you say you’re going to do?
We all know that we need to continue to grow if we want to be good leaders. But, just as importantly as our own growth, is the ability of those you are leading to grow along with you.
What happens when you choose to authentically build trust with your team, and grow your influence with those you lead professionally and personally?
They live in chronically cramped quarters where privacy is near non-existent. They work long hours with incredibly high expectations of performing with excellence over and over again.
"It is impossible to get it right all the time." This leader was describing a dilemma that her team was facing. She continued, "But we are better together than any one of us alone."
He had no idea. He thought things were good or at least on track. They were not. His team was frustrated, his peers annoyed and his clients were threatening to leave.