As we come to the close of another year, I thought I would share some highlights of the best wisdom from interviews, webinars, conferences and other resources this year. Some of these have been published previously in Lead On.
• Leadership is about concern and care. “If your boss does everything he or she can to make you successful, he or she is going to be successful.” – First-time author Fred Halstead, during a November telephone interview. The Wabash College graduate started an executive search firm years ago and lives in Dallas.
• “Ineffective teams often end up beating each other up over tasks” when the problem is about relationships. – Scott Weiss, CEO and chairman of OCEAN Programs, during a telephone interview. In October, Weiss, who is based in Cincinnati, spoke in Fort Wayne for Techstars Startup Week.
• “Culture is a strategy ... You can't have great results without a great culture.” – Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network Chicago, during an August webinar on Developing Middle Managers into Better People Managers. Among other recognitions, his company is on Glassdoor's list of “Best Places to Work.”
• The health of any relationship, team or organization “can be measured by the lag between identifying and discussing problems.” – Justin Hale, a manager with leadership training firm VitalSmarts, during a September webinar on accountability
• Anything at work that bothers you is 50 percent your fault until you have asked for change or for it to be addressed. – Whitespace executive Juliet Funt, speaking in August for the two-day Global Leadership Summit, broadcast via satellite to hundreds of locations, including Memorial Coliseum
• It's important to keep your focus, but realize there are options in approach. Be relentless about the what and the why, but be flexible on the “how.” – Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete at the August Leadership Summit
• “So much of what we learn is about winning, but what really stimulates growth is losing. ... Never ever count your failure as wasted time.” – Bishop TD Jakes at the Leadership Summit
• Executives need to be a good example of what they expect in and from others. “Don't ask someone to do something you wouldn't do yourself.” – Daniel Binkholder, client success consultant with BizLibrary, during a July webinar titled “Five Ways to Unlock the Hidden Value in Your Emerging Leaders”
• Many times we fail to create the right kind of culture in the workplace. “We might have all kinds of worthy causes we're going for ... but you see that the culture of the organization is that everybody is deflated and they're not really at their best.” – Amir Ghannad, leadership development specialist and culture transformation catalyst with The Ghannad Group, LLC. He was one of dozens of individuals Nicole Farkouh, a consultant in California, interviewed as part of her Visionary Leaders Summit. Videos of the 25-minute interviews were shared over a three-week period in February.
• You can tell in the first 15 minutes of a job interview whether they're hiring for talent, creativity and passion or whether they're looking for obedience, docility and desperation. If it's the latter, you can't afford to take the job. It will crush your spirit if you do. – Liz Ryan, CEO and founder of Human Workplace, in a December tweet on Twitter
• “Encouragement, affirmation is the oxygen of the soul.” – Best-selling author John Maxwell in a February webinar
• Empowerment instead of “command and control” is how the best leaders unleash the best in others. ... The better you become as a leader, the fewer decisions you make. – Craig Groeshel, a pastor and author, also at the Leadership Summit
To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lead On also appears online as a blog at www.journalgazette.net/blog/lead-on/