One of the first things a leader must do is be present. A person may have great talents and ideas, but without one's own initiative nothing will get done.
2. It's not how smart you are; it's how much energy you bring.
The second quote is similar to the first. Not only should a leader show up, a good boss sets an example for everyone by actively developing his or her own character and taking an interest in the professional growth of everyone on the team.
3. Delegating is asking for help.
Another leadership quality is the ability to ask for help. Many people perceive this as a sign of weakness, but effective leaders delegate tasks to their team knowing that one person can not do it all and success results from a shared effort.
4. Ignorance we can fix; stupidity we can not.
This quote comes from an old army mantra. In the context of leadership, the person in charge can employ training to teach skills and transfer knowledge. However, talents are innate, untrainable qualities that must be a central consideration during the hiring process.
5. The first 45 minutes sets the tone for the day.
A leader brings their best effort and a positive attitude to work everyday. Realizing that one is in control of their own mood, a smart person takes charge of the beginning hour of the day to do the things that will establish a productive attitude for the next 23 hours.
The above phrases were just a few of the tidbits from the Creative Leadership Workshop that stood out for me, but a lot more was said that may have struck others as meaningful. Please leave a comment or write your own post on what you took away from the session. I'm interested in comparing and contrasting our individual experiences.
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