You need your own advisory board.
It’s not for your organization, but it’s personal, so look for people who can help you fulfill your call.
Derek Young, a motivational speaker and consultant, shared that advice at Habitat for Humanity’s Build on Faith leadership conference Feb. 23 at Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation.
During a presentation on developing the leaders within, Young touched on the importance of mentors, mentoring and having five subject matter experts, or SMEs – people who can help you based on their extensive knowledge in varied areas.
You also need a Blind Spot Team and a Blow Steam Team. The Blind Spot Team are people who you give the right and responsibility to be frank with you.
"You need people who will keep it real with you … because you can’t see you," said Young, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is president of Young Motivational Group.
The Blow Steam Team includes people with wisdom. You can vent to them without risking the relationship, which could occur if you share too much negativity with your "pillow talk partner," said Young, whose company has worked with AT&T, Eli Lilly, Best Buy and other businesses.
Young was one of four key speakers at the daylong conference, which had about 375 registered. Other advice Young shared included:
• Practice developmental delegation. The reason most leaders don’t delegate is fear of losing control. But you have to use the work to develop the person, including flexibility on style as long as the standard is met.
• Identify the top two growth areas for your leaders based on how you think they need to grow and how they think they need to grow. Examples include leading a change initiative or maintaining calm – the poker face – in the face of people problems. If leaders identify tasks that will help others grow, they will get things done and free themselves for more strategic work.
"You want to know how I know you’re awesome is how many legendary leaders have you produced," Young said. "Producing duplicate copies is leadership at its best."
• Responding to a question on how you can lead someone a generation or two older than you, Young said "make the standards the star." A standard might be the way you greet everyone or starting on time. When people don’t meet the standard, that becomes a violation of the organization’s practices. If someone can’t meet standards, then there’s reason to suggest they can’t stay in a certain role.
The joy of leading
Managing time and handling change are among the responsibilities of leadership addressed in a new book by Willy Steiner, president of Executive Coaching Concepts.
"Discovering the Joy of Leading: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Management Challenges" offers approaches to solve problems "quicker, better and faster," a synopsis of the book, published in February, says.
Steiner has worked with companies including RCA and General Electric. He believes leadership development is crucial, including addressing personnel issues immediately.
But the day-to-day work of managing, if not executed well, can crowd out the time and focus needed to be an effective leader and empower staff.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Indiana Commission for Women is again publishing "Writing Her Story" profiles each day in March. The stories feature women who have shown resilience and strength in contributions to Indiana’s history.
In 2015, "Writing Her Story" earned an Achievement Award and received national recognition from the National Association of Commissions for Women and became a Bicentennial Legacy Project during the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration in 2016.
Profiles last year included Carole Lombard, Madame C.J. Walker, Karen Pence, and Amelia Earhart. Lombard, born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, became a film actress and was noted for her "energetic, often off-beat roles in comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s," the profile said.
Hoosiers are encouraged to visit the commission’s website (http://www.in.gov/icw/2440.htm) each day during March to view the latest profile. The profiles will also be posted on ICW’s Facebook (@INCommissionForWomen) and Twitter (@Indiana4Women) pages.