When we started Authentic Leadership Dallas, we didn’t know what would unfold. We had dreams of leaders gathering to exchange ideas and experiences, delivering insights and challenges to be better leaders. There were times when we weren’t sure it would work, and there are times we were amazed! Yesterday was one of those days.
A few of our leaders had attended Leadercast in the past and found it to be inspiring and engaging. We talked about hosting a site in 2014 but were not sure we were ready. We did it though, not knowing if we would even get 50 people to register. Yesterday, we had close to 160 leaders gather!
This was my first Leadercast event, and I was amazed by the diverse group of talented people that gathered and by the quality of the speakers and the challenges they laid down for us to lead up to.
Leadercast: Beyond You
Leadercast: Beyond You was the theme of this year’s event. It delivered.
Each speaker offered a different perspective on what Beyond You really means and a different action for us to take as leaders. When you get a mix of inspiring and challenging, the combination fires up leaders to carry forward and act.
The call to act and to change are what will really determine what took hold after Leadercast: Beyond You. This is the challenge for every attendee.
As I read through some of my notes and tweets, some thoughts really stood out.
Empower others! A Beyond You leader is one that says “You Decide” @AndyStanley
Give! The value of a life is always determined by how much of it is given away. @AndyStanley
Trust! Do your people know that you understand them? Connection is how you build trust. @DrHenryCloud
Let go! If you want to empower people to be engaged, you have got to let go! @DrHenryCloud
Empathy! “A person is a person through other persons.” Archbishop Tutu
Act! Kindness changes lives! Laura Schroff aka @aninvisibletrd
Purpose! “We are instinctively hardwired to want to stand and fight for something bigger than ourselves.” @Randall_Wallace
Change! Take what you think is possible and then double it! @BillRMcDermott
Respect! You earn legitimate leadership with respect, fairness, and trustworthiness. @Gladwell
Lead ahead! You can’t always immediately see the benefits of leadership on a daily basis. @simonsinek
Each of the above bolded words are simple. In simplicity, there is power. The critical element is to put these simple thoughts and principles into action. By doing this, you then become a leader. Words don’t make a leader. Putting meaningful words into meaningful action make a leader.
Leadership: You Decide
There is something really special about simplicity. Beyond You is a simple statement yet it means so much. Leadercast delivered the substance behind this simple statement.
Another simple thought that really stood out for me is You Decide. These two words were delivered as an essential way a leader empowers others. When we say “you decide,” we place the responsibility and accountability within another individual or team. These words say “I trust you.” These words say “I know you have the talent and capability to do the right things in the right way.” These words say “I know mistakes will happen and how leaders recover is how they will grow and be better leaders.”
You decide. Imagine the power of those words when delivered in a meaningful way to another person. Once spoken, the receiving person needs to embrace them and do the best they can with all they have. And, remember, just because someone said “you decide,” it doesn’t mean you cannot ask for help or seek advice.
There is another angle to “you decide.” You Decide means you determine the type of leader you will be and want to become. This is your responsibility, and you need to take it seriously. There is no switch to just turn on and say “I am a leader.” People will know you are a leader when they see you act like one. Consistently matching your actions to your words is one way people will see. Another way is to see the words below come through in what you say, how you say it, and in the way you lead.
- Letting go
- Respect to all
Our Leadership Challenge
Leadership is many things in different organizations. For businesses, we need to make a profit while developing people and focusing on the purpose in what we do. For schools, we need to embrace learning and uniqueness of students and find ways to let their talent shine through. For nonprofits, we need to engage an organization and volunteers to deliver the highest impact with the lowest overhead. Whatever our organization, we need to really think about what is Beyond You and find ways to lead in a You Decide way.
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Leadercast: Beyond You
So happy to hear it! Way to go Authentic Leadership Dallas! Hopefully I can get down there for another luncheon one of these days soon!
Thanks so much for your support, Mike! Lead Change has been a great, engaging community. You are welcome any time! Thanks! Jon
Jon – I am excited that Authentic Leadership Dallas has taken off! Leadercast was a highlight of my time in Tulsa so it is extra exciting to see that you hosted the event and to get a tiny taste of your experience!
Thank you, Chery, for your support in getting Authentic Leadership Dallas started. Your efforts made a difference. Leadercast is a wonderful event. My first time attendee and first time host. A wonderful experience in both! Thank you! Jon
It sounds like Leadercast was a great success! Thanks for sharing the highlights. I love the idea of ‘You Decide’…so empowering. It’s a great way for others to grow and be challenged and find the answers themselves.
Thank you, Chantal. We enjoyed Leadercast and especially gathering as a community. You Decide is empowering. We need to say it more often and embrace it in how we lead. Thanks! Jon
Thanks for sharing this rich post Jon. It has resonated wig me as I have always strived for my life and work to be “Beyond Me”. As I have pondered, I have always come back to this… “I want to make someone else matter”. Your message inspires me to keep going 🙂
That is a great mantra and mission, Kimunya. Living and leading “Beyond You” is an essential statement to make come alive in what we do and how we engage others. Thanks for your insights! Jon
Thank you Jon for sharing with us this amazing event! I love the messages that seem to permeate especially “Beyond You”! What a profound mantra to propel our leadership forward.
It sounds like Dallas is a great place for leadership growth!
Thank you, Terri. Beyond You is a great mantra to keep in mind and use to keep us centered. We are excited about the community gathering in Dallas to have these engaging leadership conversations. A great group! Thanks! Jon
Jon, thanks so much for sharing! You touched upon so many important ideas!
Keep up the great work 🙂
Thank you, LaRae!
Wow, That sounds like an amazing time. Leadership learning happens best in supportive communities. So glad you are working to expand your group in Dallas. Beautiful.
Sounds like it was an inspiring afternoon!
Love this: “People will know you are a leader when they see you act like one.”
Thanks, Molly. It was an inspiring event and energizing, too. Great thoughts to now put into action! Jon
Another wonderful post and sounds like a truly worthwhile, inspiring event! What great insights!
As we’ve both touched on before on a number of your previous posts, both trust and connection are two biggies for me. Trust is the foundation and connection is the conduit for that trust to flow back and forth between our relations with one another. If those lines get clogged at all, they have to unclogged for harmony to be restored.
I really love the single and double words; each one could act as a mantra for the day or week as a focus point. Really great points!
Thanks for sharing Jon. I always find value in your posts when I catch them! : )
Thanks, Samantha. Always enjoy your insights and points. I agree that trust is the foundation and connection is the conduit. Well stated. Simple statements can keep us centered in the way we lead, so things like “Beyond You” and “You Decide” can really make a difference in the leadership choices we make.
Thanks again! Jon