Leadership is a state of self
Continuing from my PRSA International Conference insights, I wanted to share a little more that I learned about leadership from James Lukaszewski, president of Lukaszewski Group from his session, “How to Develop the Mind of a Strategist.” In his presentation, he describes leadership as a “state of self” and that you have to develop the mind as a leader to be one.
He even challenges individuals to ask the following questions every day:
- What did I learn today?
- What did others learn from me?
- What will others remember from my interaction?
James goes on to say that all management problems are leadership problems. Because you’re working with more people to get more done, you must be focused on positive, constructive progress every day.
These questions have been in the back of my head after my return last week. Am I making a memorable, positive interaction with people? Am I open to new ways of doing things? Am I willing to put myself out there to both teach AND learn? I hope so.
As you think of strong leaders, what abilities do they hold over others? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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