Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Connected and Committed Leader

When I selected the title of my book The Connected and Committed Leader, I wanted to choose words that aren't normally attributed to leadership. When we speak about leadership, we often come up with words like influence, vision and headship. I wanted to bring in some counter intuitive words to describe leaders. It was through my parenting experience that I realized connection and commitment were essential ingredients for effective leadership. I find that we don't often think of leadership as something that takes heart, but when you study the most effective leaders of our times, their inspiring ways do in fact come from the heart.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Leadership as a life practice for success

When I have asked people "Who is the one person that has inspired you the most in life?" The answer given is most commonly a parent or teacher. And yet, we don't often think of those people as leaders, but they often are. Leadership is something that we solely think of in context of business...reserved for the president of some large corporation or business. This is a common misconception about leadership and yet leadership skills are applicable to our daily lives, at work and at home. I believe that we all have what it takes to be a great leader.