Leadership is a super fascinating topic to me.
It's that thing we do when we take a few kids to the park, for an afternoon. It's also that thing we do when we infuse a group of people with a vision, and give them the container to make it come to life. Small vision, big vision, it's pretty much the same process.
Seems that the concept has always lit me up. When I was a child, I used to create "mini clubs" for my friends to join, and for us go do cool stuff together (this is something I had actually forgotten about until very recently). Now, most of my days are spent creating opportunities for people to get together and make life better. It comes easily to me, and it is a huge pleasure. And it can be scary too, especially when it needs to pay the bills.
So yes, leadership.
This morning, I ran into an interview with Simon Sinek, about just that. As I was pulling quote after quote from the article to share with you. I decided that I might as well send you the whole article. It's not very long, and it brings up some great points. Such as “Ask for help,” he insists. “You don’t have to know all the answers, or even pretend you do. When you admit you don’t know something, there’s a whole group of people who are so willing to help. The only reason they haven’t already is they didn’t think you needed it – because you were too busy lying, hiding and faking.”
Here's the article. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
And as a little bonus, here is my TEDx talk, which is also about leadership, and a reminder that we are all leaders. Here, I talk about joy based leadership. With cake :)
Wishing you a lovely day!
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