What a great call we had today! (see yesterday's post for details)
We discussed leadership and how to become a better leader. There were a few participants that had some very pertinent questions and the leader of the call, Torin Ellis, was just plain awesome in directing the conversation and drawing people into the topic. Hat's off to you, Torin, for a great call! In covering the topic, I spoke on three salient points of becoming a better leader:
- The "Born Leader" is a myth. Leadership is learned. Leadership is not some esoteric privilege given by fate to predetermined blessed individuals. Leadership is learned, much like we learn other valuable skill and lessons in life. Those desiring to be a better leader nee to keep an open mind, have the true desire to be a better leader, and seek our someone, or several someones, to provide coaching/mentoring/or, at the very least, a vicarious example to follow. We all admire someone who we would like to emulate as a leader. Go and find out how they learned to be a better leader and give it a shot!
- Leadership is not about you....it's about those you lead. Sometimes, people become the leader for the wrong reasons...perks, power, money, etc. Leadership is actually about humility and having the ability, when someone who reports to you screws up royally, to look in the mirror first and as the question: "How did I fail this person as a leader?" If you can do that first when you feel like throttling the person who screwed up, you've got a good start on understanding leadership.
- To become a better leader, lead with The Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Often, people get the inverse in their heads. To wit: "I'll treat you the way you treat me." If you can maintain your composure and treat others the way you would like to be treated, even when you are not being treated nicely, you have what it takes to be a leader....the calm at the center of the storm.
Great questions. Great call. An incredibly smart group of folks. What more could a guy ask for?!?
Join us next time, will you?