Lead Ahead: Week of November 18, 2013

An eclectic week of leadership insights. Various posts from the Dallas area range from baseball to feedback to compromise and more. The common thread may be this:  As leaders, we need to figure out how to always enhance what we do and how we do it. In each of these posts, there are suggestions and guidance in how to be a better leader.

Read, enjoy, learn, and grow! Good practices for all leaders.

8 Leadership Strategies from Baseball’s Manager of the Year by Patti Johnson. Key quote: “Leadership never takes a day off. You have to model leadership every single day. Actions matter a lot more than your words. Everyday repetition is critical.”

Inviting Feedback to Your Leadership Growth by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “The best leaders know that leadership is a life-long learning process and they become lifelong students. These leaders recognize the importance of showing their human side to the rest of the organization. These type of leaders take the lead in inviting feedback, others will follow and do the same.”

The Importance of Story by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “Our leadership and life story needs a giving component. We need to answer two questions: What are we giving to another, especially in the way we lead? How important of a role do we have for giving in our story?”

Leaders: Is Compromise a Strength or Weakness? on Lead Change. Key quote: “Leading is not kicking the can. Real leaders pick the can up, understand its’ content, and determine how – whatever is inside – it can be resolved or refreshed to make a larger community better off than they were before. And doing it sooner rather than later.”

Why Video Content Marketing is the Next Big Thing by Krista Kotrla. Key quote: “We’ve been working hard to build a valuable blog for two years now. Industry competitors are now copying our content. What they cannot steal and copy are our PEOPLE. So pictures and video are the new ways help us stand out as the more authentic leaders in the industry.”

Lead well in the week ahead!

Compromise: An Indicator of Strong or Weak Leadership

The October Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting is almost here. We will meet on October 15, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and other details there.

Our focus for the October meeting will be on compromise and is it a sign of strong or weak leadership. This is not a political conversation but a leadership one. Compromise brings certain thoughts on what leaders should or should not do. While some see compromise as a way to solve problems, others may see compromise as giving in on principles. During our conversations, we will explore what role compromise plays in our leadership ideas and styles.

To prepare for the meeting, this post outlines the agenda and some material to read (if you have time). You don’t have to read anything to attend our meetings. Just come, participate, listen, and help us all continue to grow as leaders. Also, if you have other articles or thoughts to add in, please leave any comments to this post.

Reading on Leadership and Compromise

Leading Change: 3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Are Reluctant to Compromise by Aad Boot. Key quote: ” I have witnessed how a compromise can bring a process a step further, but it does hardly ever create change with long-term and sustainable success. It is a means to an end, not a lasting solution. Great leaders understand this, and are therefore reluctant to compromise.”

Compromise Can Be an Act of Leadership by John Baldoni. Key quote: “Webster’s New World dictionary defines compromise as primarily “a settlement in which each side gives up some demands or makes concessions.” Unfortunately the word compromise has become a pejorative term, something akin to selling out. In reality, compromise means working things out, or as Webster’s says in a secondary meaning, “an adjustment of opposing principles.” As such compromise is essential to getting things done….”

Meeting Agenda

Our meeting agenda is:

  • Forty-five second introduction: What do you want people to remember about you after the meeting? (10 minutes)
  • Question 1: How do you compare compromise with collaboration? Is there a difference? Does one entail greater leadership skill than another? (25 minutes)
  • Question 2: Do strong leaders compromise? Why or why not? If compromising is not an option, how do leaders solve problems then? (25 minutes)
  • Discuss Leadercast and other activities. (5 minutes)

Looking forward to our real, leadership conversations!