In case you missed it, here is a summary of the Leadership Success Call for July 26, 2012.
We discussed how leaders connect information, ideas and people. I used the analogy of a plumber, bridge builder and electronics engineer.
Here are some of the points we discussed:
Leaders connect people to information/basic needs
- We commonly think of leaders as big idea generators and big picture, which is true, but we can’t forget the day-to-day … we all need water to survive
- People trust leadership to deliver these things, and we know where to look, who to ask
- It’s ultimately our responsibility to remove barriers, fix things, clean things and get people unstuck
- We pay close attention to when new needs arise
Leaders connect people to people (not just those in our immediate circles)
- We build deep relationships with those around us so we understand needs … this requires us to care and listen
- We go outside our immediate circles to meet new people … we broaden our networks
- We think hard about who to connect and help people find each other
- In doing these things we build trust and credibility
Leaders connect information, inspiration and people to generate ideas and make them happen
- We take risks and know we’re not always right … but we throw ourselves into things
- We know our area of expertise and stay informed … reading, researching, talking to other professionals
- But we don’t just lazily take in information … we let it soak in and use it to make connections, solve problems as soon as possible
- We see things from a higher level and look for clues to solve problems … usually where no one else is looking
- Since we seek deep understanding of situations and people … sometimes this involves knowing when to bring in other people, when to look outside for help
- And much more…
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