Would you like to improve your leadership skills? We are all leaders somewhere in our lives aren't we? Stampin' Up! Leadership 2013 was all about making a difference. It is the theme for the whole year, the 25th anniversary.
We all work to be good leaders for our family, friends and co-workers. With or without formal roles in life as managers or leaders we all have relationships with others where we can lead by empowering others to be their best and try ourselves to be the best "us" we can.
#Leadership2013 was wonderful and filled with SO much great information and inspiration. One class I attended was Strategies to Empower Your Downline presented by Holly Lindford & Lynsay Mahon.
Now you might be asking two questions:
1. What is a Downline?
2. And why do they need empowering?
As a Stampin' Up! Demostrator I have the opportunity to "share" the business opportunity with others and they join my "team".
So part of my role to make a difference is to encourage, empower and help them learn all the different resources, opportunities and options they have in the Stampin' Up! Family.
But I believe all of us can apply the information from this class to our own lives no matter our business, offical title or role. We all have relationships we care about and want to strengthen.
According to the authors' research the best managers don't follow conventional wisdom, instead they break all the conventional rules and understand these three key ideas when working as leaders:
1) Define right outcomes, not the right steps.
2) Focus on strengths, not weaknesses.
3) Find the right fit, not the higher rung on the ladder.
I personally like the idea of focusing on your (and those around you), strengths. The idea the authors focused on is that there is only so much remodeling that can be done. "People don't change that much. Don't waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in."
So, at the end of the class they offered up several challenges to the attendees. But the one I want to share with you is this: What would you say you have a talent for?
I'd like to share this challenge with you as well. My New Year's Challenge to you (and to myself) is to think about that simple question…and try to do three simple things this year to focus on those strengths, not so much on those weaknesses that we all spend too much energy fighting to fix.
Want to share your three simple things?
I'd love to hear what you think about the challenge.
So, what would you say you have a talent for?
Join the challenge discussion. Talk soon. Diana