I was reminded of this during a recent Leadership Circle I led at The Assemblage with a group of conscious capitalists who varied from engineers and project managers to creatives and consultants. Some were focused on commercialization and monetary outcomes, while others aspired to loving people in all forms and types. It was quite a range of values and I say yes to all of them.
What I believe is most important is that we all know what we value and act accordingly. We all have leadership qualities, but don’t always recognize them as such. I see this frequently with introverts who are powerfully quiet in their ability to observe and absorb subtle information about everything that is going on in a given situation. Their understated reserve is often mistaken for shyness or lack of leadership, however their ability to assess and see what others often miss is actually a powerful leadership tool. Insight is its own strength. The bigger question is whether their organizations, and they themselves, can see how important their unique perspective is.
Don’t underestimate how your strengths contribute to your leadership style. The more you value your talents and advocate for yourself and your contribution, the greater understanding others will have about what you bring to the table. Leadership isn’t only about directing people to do things.
The most effective leaders are clear about their values and come across authentically. They do what they say and say what they will do and bring others along on their journey. Whether they are building a business, designing a new product or leading a country – leaders align people around their vision. Now it’s up to us to assess whether we share their vision and values.
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