Most Acts of Leadership Happen Behind Closed
We often think of Leadership as being front and center, and very visible. However, the truth is that most acts of Leadership occur out of the public eye. They include thinking strategically about important decisions, proper planning and attention to details.
❐ It involves having that difficult conversation with someone on your team about their performance.
❐ It involves networking with other leaders to bounce ideas off of one another or attending that After-work Happy Hour to build report with colleagues.
❐ It involves personal and business development like reading industry journals, magazines and blogs
❐ It involves conversations with individual team members to understand their goals on the team and within the company
❐ It involves putting out fires that happen when least expected
❐ It involves putting the pedal to the metal when approaching an important deadline
❐ It involves sometimes doing more than you are paid for – coming in early and leaving late or taking on extra responsibility to ensure the tasks are completed as desired
❐ It involves having compassion for those on your team or in the organization who may be facing personal difficulty
❐ It involves having the courage to make major decisions even though they may be unpopular
So remember, most acts of Leadership happen outside of the limelight, where the ground work is laid and during the day-to-day operation of you with your team.
Dr. Carmen April is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Entrepreneurship for College Students and Young Professionals.