Do You Lead With Your #HeartFirst?

In Monday’s staff meeting, Abbie gifted our team with copies of Heart First for Emerging Leaders, which was written by David Grossman, a colleague of Abbie’s who is a fellow leader in the communications space.

I dove in right away, and though not yet finished with the book in its entirety, I’ve found some fantastic nuggets of wisdom as it relates to what exceptional leaders do in both extraordinary and even more “traditional” times.

  • Yes, it is important to “be you” in all things you do. However, smart leaders understand that there will be situations when they need to look beyond themselves, letting cultural competency be their guide.
  • Sometimes the best way to “learn how to lead,” is to first be the follower. And we’ve all been followers in our lives without realizing it, if behind no one else than parents, teachers, siblings, cousins, et al. As you are emerging as a leader, think about how those who you followed made you feel. Emulate the best of each of them.
  • There will be times in every leader’s journey when they fall into the “get it done mode.” While this is okay, challenge yourself out of that comfort zone and bring your head – who wants to just get it done – together with your heart, even when it is not the path of least resistance. Because it usually is not.
  • It is okay to be vulnerable.
  • While being visible it important, take time to practice regular solitude to seek out perspective and as a means to calm your always-on mind.
  • The listener decides if you have communicated effectively or not. Always work to understand your audience, especially the diverse minds of your team. Understand where they are coming from.
  • Today’s talent wants a work experience that is meaningful, personal, and ultra-flexible. Are you providing those things? Are you sure you are doing so in a way that team members’ agree?
  • Take the time to talk with team members about what is important and of interest to them. Show you care by taking the time to talk about fun stuff – shows, food, podcasts – too.
  • When time gets tough, paint a picture of what’s possible.
  • Celebrate small wins, not just the big stuff.
  • Multi-tasking is tempting. When team members are talking…do not do it. Listen actively. Take it all in, even the small things. Listen with an open mind versus just what you want to hear.
  • Remember everyone’s birthday – before Facebook does. That doesn’t count.

Stay tuned for part two on the book’s best nuggets next week when I finish the rest!

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at Apr 4, 2024

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