I’m excited to be going through Seth Godin’s Leadership Workshop (presented by Acumen).
(if you haven’t heard of Seth Godin, you HAVE to follow his blog. Short, thought-provoking posts every morning in your inbox.)
A large part of the workshop is responding to writing prompts somewhere we can link to. I’ve been planning to start this blog for AGES, so I thought this would be the perfect fit. I’d love to hear your thoughts in response.
- Instead of pointing to a leader, outline a moment when someone you respect engaged in leadership.
For the past year, I’ve had a the privilege of serving a large group of female leaders in business. It’s been fascinating to watch the way they lead. In particular, the lead co-chair was incredibly crisp and clear in her communication, while at the same time very warm and used her sense of humor to lighten difficult situations and relieve hard feelings.
- Next, describe a moment when you chose to lead. How is it different from the rest of the time, when you are merely managing?
In my role at church right now, I’m in charge of the Young Women organization (girls ages 12-18). This has been a major stretching experience for me, as in the past I have been a manager (or a “check stuff off of the to do list” girl). There was a specific instance when I felt like sitting back and simply managing/reacting to a conflict, but took the leadership role and addressed the conflict head-on. It was nerve-wracking, but it felt amazing when it was resolved, as the outcome was so much better for all parties involved.
- Do you agree that leadership is a choice?
Absolutely. Although until just recently, I’ve sort of waited for a permission slip or someone to tell me it’s my turn to lead.
- Leadership is about making change. A change that might not work. If you do the work alone, you’re an artist. If you get other people to do it with you, you’re a leader. Going forward, then, what is the change you’re trying to make?
I’m trying to change the way moms look at their motherhood role by inspiring leadership instead of “survival”. I’m trying to live a life in which I use fear to help me make an impact instead of hiding and playing small.