Live 2 Lead is the annual, premiere leadership half-day conference, broadcasted out of Atlanta, Georgia to just 300 exclusive sites all over the world.
The immediate takeaway is that since Live 2 Lead is a global event, you can tell that leadership principles transcend cultures, race, languages, customs, location, and politics. Leadership principles are universal and at the same time, they are specific to the group of people you lead.
Even the guests we had at our simulcast location was diverse. We had ministers, restaurant owners, factory workers, pastors and ministers, entrepreneurs, make-up artists, childcare professionals, retail managers, fitness trainers, old, young, and all kinds of people who invested in themselves, and as a positive, invested in their organizations/companies.
Here’s a rundown of the world-renown leadership experts that taught at this year’s Live 2 Lead and what we took away from their presentations:
SIMON SINEK(AUTHOR, SPEAKER, AND CONSULTANT WHO WRITES ON LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT. HE JOINED THE RAND CORPORATION IN 2010 AS AN ADJUNCT STAFF MEMBER, WHERE HE ADVISES ON MATTERS OF MILITARY INNOVATION AND PLANNING.)
When you focus on trying to understand your people, you lead them better. Assumptions about how people are are irrelevant and flat-out disrespectful. You need to make a concentrated effort to know what motivates them.
They’ll notice that you care abut them and in return they’ll see how genuine that care is. That will lead them to work harder for you and go the extra mile. Could it be manipulative? No. Not if you care enough and let it be known to them.
Empathy gives you perspective as to how your people view things. That will allow you to communicate so much better.
LIZ WISEMAN (TEACHES LEADERSHIP TO EXECUTIVES AND EMERGING LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD. SHE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE WISEMAN GROUP, A LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FIRM HEADQUARTERED IN SILICON VALLEY. SOME OF HER RECENT CLIENTS INCLUDE: APPLE, DISNEY, EBAY/PAYPAL, FACEBOOK, GAP, GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, NIKE, ROCHE, SALESFORCE.COM, AND TWITTER.)
As a leader, you’re not necessarily meant to make all of the choices. Rather, your job is to make sure that the right choices are being made. Liz Wiseman showed how if we are always the ones with all the answers, we sabotage the growth of our organizations and stump the development of our people.
A diminisher is someone who is not allowing people to grow. That can be done in many ways. A multiplier on the other hand will help nourish the growth of the people. Are you making people better or are you making people worse?
A multiplier will bring the best out of you and set you up to excel. Multipliers are “we” focused because they care about the collective.
Magic Johnson and Andres Iniesta are two athletes that we see as examples of multipliers. They serve others on the team to score and to triumph in their own way which leads to greater cohesion among the team, chemistry, and victories.
JOHN C. MAXWELL (AUTHOR, SPEAKER, AND PASTOR WHO HAS WRITTEN MANY BOOKS, PRIMARILY FOCUSING ON LEADERSHIP. TITLES INCLUDE THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP AND THE 21 INDISPENSABLE QUALITIES OF A LEADER)
If you’re not growing, you’re not living.
John Maxwell explained that growing is better than getting older because age does not equal wisdom or betterment. Are you growing every year that you live? If not, you’re not maximizing life.
Being the author of over 70 books is a result of over 40 years of writing and filing every day. When ever he would get ready to write another book, he’d open up his filing cabinet to whatever subject he was going to write on, and see the resources he had accumulated over the years.
One day, he decided to purge and get ready of all of his files. When he told us we all were taken aback because we know that is a collection of hard work and dedication over the span of a lifetime. He did that because he felt that he still needs to grown. He can’t rely on old material and old information.
Are you still relying on past information?
Maybe it’s time you stop leaning on the past and force yourself to become a new learner today. Put yourself in a position where you’re constantly growing.
DAN T. CATHY (AN AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN, THE CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF FAST-FOOD CHAIN CHICK-FIL-A. THE CHAIN WAS FOUNDED BY HIS FATHER, THE LATE S. TRUETT CATHY)
As small business owners, JC and I were impacted by the mindset of Dan Cathy and his philosophy on business and success.
Every single (individual) Chik-fil-A franchise will outsell a similar McDonald’s or Burger King individual franchise while being closed on Sunday. That’s crazy!
Their impeccable customer service is the result of their leadership and culture. They have a small business mindset. That means they are collectively growing by keeping the culture a family environment.
Dan Cathy used to have a corner office and now they have a communal space so that it feels like a start-up rather than a corporate company.
The floor employees, the ones woking in the restaurants have been empowered to bring new ideas to the table that then get implemented throughout the whole company.
Do you give your people that freedom or are you the only coming up with ideas from the isolation of your office? Dan Cathy will actually spend as much time in his restaurants as he does at his office. He does not want to spend time being the CEO but instead, he chooses to be a team member.
Not only does Dan Cathy want to create the best work environment but a safe one for the employees which he calls team members. That will lead them to serve the customers better.
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