Pre-Covid I had the honor of speaking at many conferences across the United States on the Power of Confidence in your business and in life and how productivity affects your confidence. This meant a lot of air travel (not a fan!) but I love to speak and I love to stay in hotels so it was a win/win. Now in Covid there aren’t many associations/groups meeting in person, but I have faith it will come back and ‘I’ll be on the road again’.
Awhile back I was approached by a group who wanted me to speak on leadership for caregivers. At that time my mom was in a nursing home and then in hospice and I saw the love of caregivers. They give blessings every single day.
I love to speak to caregivers but had never spoken to them on leadership before.
What did I know about being a leader?
I always thought to be a leader meant you were a CEO of a big company, or president of a nonprofit, etc. I thought you had to be in corporate American to be called a leader.
I then talked to a very wise speaking colleague who set me straight. You don’t have to be a CEO or a president to be a leader. But I didn’t just take her word for it.
According to Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, authors of The Servant Leader, they define leadership as anytime you are trying to influence the thinking, behavior, or development of another in their personal or professional life.
I am a leader and so are you. This is a huge mindset shift to act and think like a leader and call yourself a leader.
Who else is a leader in your life?
I now realize my 94-year-old mom was an amazing leader. She would never agree to be called a leader, but she was:
Every time she gave our grandchildren a hug – she was leading.
Every time she gave me a blessing before I left– she was leading.
Every time she prayed on our behalf – she was leading.
Every time she gave a caregiver a big smile and a thank you – she was leading.
In The Servant Leader the authors say that leadership is a matter of the heart and anytime we have the opportunity or responsibility to lead the first choice we are called to make is whether to see the moment through eyes of self-interest or for the benefit of those we are leading.
It is so easy to act with ‘self-interest. I choose to see moments through the eyes of benefiting those around me. But it needs to be a conscious choice.
What about you? How are you leading?
This is not just for business. How are you leading in your personal life?