Are leaders born, or can you make the decision to become one? Whether your view is from the bottom up, the middle or the top – It's clear that your decisions make the difference.
Last week the staff at Brian Sooy & Co. attended 360° - The Measure of a Leader, sponsored the Maximum Impact organization. I'm not sharing my opinions here, but my observations on what was shared. Here are a few highlighted points that we learned:
- You have a leadership role and responsibilities, no matter where you are in an organization. You may not recognize it.
- Don't confuse leadership with a strong personality
- Wide leaders make wise decisions and then manage them (A key tenet of John Maxwell, founder of Maximum Impact.)
- A leader needs to know how to deal with ambiguity
- A leader must be a creative thinker – anticipating needs and thinking beyond perceptions
- A leader is a steward of equipment and resources
- Behavior and performance is more important that words
- A great leader is aware of the big picture and the details (the forest and the trees)
- The most relevant: Learning to lead yourself is the place to start.
Of note: One of the presentations used posters from Despair.com. Despair.com is a series of demotivational products, and is a well-executed parody of the success posters genre.
If you look through the posters at the web site, there is a poster that addresses every major leadership point presented in the 360° simulcast. How brilliant is that!?
Don't despair. Every designer can be a leader. Now get back to work.