More than 36,000 people participated in the 2014 Boston Marathon, making it the second-highest number of runners in the marathon’s history. This year’s race, however, had less to do with winning or competition; it became a “national symbol of resiliency and determination to take back the finish line”, as CNN’s Ashley Fantz phrased it.
Leadership has many faces, times and places. These are the leadership lessons that stand out for me as I reflect upon this year’s marathon.
Leadership Lesson #1: People Need Purpose and Enthusiasm to Reach Their Goals
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Over time leaders can lose their effectiveness if they don't renew and enhance their skills. What we did and how we did things in the past may have yielded good results then, but maintaining the same flight plan won't necessarily get us to where we need to go in the future. Leaders have to be continuous learners to an unprecedented degree. We must have a high commitment to self-improvement and engage in an ongoing process of expanding and fine-tuning our capabilities. When we focus on our personal development, treating mistakes and shortcomings as opportunities for improvement, we create environments where … Continue reading
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with an executive team of a large non-profit, to design a process for succession planning and leadership development. This is an organization that has its eye on the future. They wanted to go beyond generating simple replacement lists and instead, take a closer look at defining the type of leadership they will need going forward. Naturally, this led to looking at their strategic goals, business plans, and shifts they expect to make over the next three to five years. Below is an outline of a 5-step process that we used. The questions guided our discussions, and we created worksheets to capture the answers. Continue reading