Nov 272013
 

Earlier this fall, I had the golden opportunity to attend a live business seminar where the keynote talk, meant to implant success principles throughout those who attended, was on five core C’s of leadership. These five did not break new ground as I’ve had the privilege to read numerous gold star books on leadership over the past 3+ years, however, the way they were presented was very fresh & insightful, making the 40 min. talk highly valuable.

Let’s break them down, one by one. Most of the content in each were from my personal notes that evening; in some cases, I added some add’t colour two months later upon re-examining those same notes.

(And, as always with my blog posts, feedback in the form of comments & shares is always very much welcome.)

Competence

Become more mission than need driven.
What three/3 things am I and only I responsible for as a leader?
Never be afraid to delegate, as leadership often means getting things accomplished through/via others.
When you devote a little of yourself to everything, you’re really committing yourself to nothing (in the endgame)

Courage

All things we have are created twice. It was an idea that took someone’s courageous act to create to start.
On the heels of every dreamer is the demon of doubt.
Never let the ‘how’ get in the way of pursuing your ‘WHY’ ( see Sinek’s excellent book for far more on the latter! )
Only those leaders who are courageous will be followed – long term.
If you fear anything at all, be it not knowing your own blind spots ( get a mentor! )

Clarity

Uncertainty creates the necessary condition for leadership
Clarity ALWAYS results in influence
There are times that we must negotiate uncertain terrain, yet you have to cast the vision regardless.
Omniscience -> knowing everything is NOT a requirement for leadership; listening, though, definitely IS.

Coaching

A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential; you will never maximize potential in any area without coaching.
Be sure to do a “fruit check” = results in the area in which you are seeking guidance. Be sure, too, that this person is relatable, and willing to serve & help you get where you want to go. Summed up? Define ( WHY ). Learn ( from this individual ). Do ( what he/she/they advise/counsel/recommend )
In the end, it’s not the accomplishments of the coach that makes him/her valuable; it’s rather what he/she sees in his/her student(s)

Character

Your accomplishments will make your name known, whereas your character will determine what others associate with your name – while you’re alive & long after you’re gone.
Character values doing what’s right regardless of the cost. You can manage people without moral authority, howeve,r you will not have influence in their lives.
We set young leaders up to fall if we let them move ahead to do things before we impart character into their lives first.
As a leader, you must make the right decisions even when they are tough – perhaps the decisions are wrapped behind closed doors in the short term, however in the long term, many will know and come to understand what led you to make them.

I hope and pray that you found even one nugget of added value from this post. Gratitude, appreciation, and well wishes to everyone!

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