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Issue #17 - Leadership: No Cookie Cutters Need Apply

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of facilitating a workshop for a former employer on leadership

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September 13 · Issue #17 · View online
Feeding the Passion for Transformation: Be it Talent, Culture, Work or HR

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of facilitating a workshop for a former employer on leadership with established and up-and-coming leaders. It was great to see the general understanding that the technical skills that brought your name up to be a “potential leader” have little to do with your actual success as a people leader.
Which brings us to the question:
What is a people leader?
What does a leader need to be for their team?
Are they:
  1. Rock in the storm having all the answers and staying cool when things are turbulent,
  2. Inspiring Expert: who has the answers, insights and perspectives and steers team to strengthen expertise for the organization
  3. Network collaborator: who sees the capabilities and needs inherent in challenges and works swiftly to bring the right strengths together
  4. Tells-it-like it is: no-filter, let’s tackle straight from the hip and heart
  5. Team member, who just happens to have a leader cap on.
  6. Humble servant in service to their team and the management directives coming from above, from the side and up.
  7. Situative leader who determines best route for reaction based on the current demands being placed on themselves and team
Or rather, the question isn’t digital in terms of only one type or the other. There is no such thing as a one-size fits-all cookie-cutter leader. And that is a great thing.
Every leader has to create their own blueprint of what they value and their approach to how to work proactively with the challenges in front of them today, as well as leading from the future for what they will to tackle tomorrow.
In my opinion, leadership has little to do with a title: it has to do with a sense of self, respect and learning.
Which leads to the question: what are the look-fors in a leader?
Below is my take - what is yours?

What are your leadership look-fors?
What are your leadership look-fors?
Your own voice as a leader?
Sheryl Sandberg: Develop Your Voice, Not Your Brand | Stanford Graduate School of Business
Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader | TED Talk
5 Ways to Define Leadership
Thoughts and Perspectives on Leadership
John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding | TED Talk
Leadership Is Not Rocket Science: 10 Ways to Avoid Complexity with Stephen Hawking | leadersayswhat
Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead | TED Talk
Question of the Week: What are your leadership look fors?
A big round of thanks to my friends and former colleagues @BorgWarner - I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Also a shout-out to my friends and peers @iVentiv at the Talent Futures, Executive Knowledge Exchange event, leading the charge to broader understanding and growth beyond titles. (Perhaps kicking-off to Thriller bears repeating?)
Thanks everyone!
All my best regards,
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Elizabeth Lembke, Transforming Talent Consulting: and