10 ways Kyle Petty demonstrates leadership

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If you’ve followed our blog, you know that our entire team at Full Circle PR has been working to make the 19th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride a success through:

  • media and blogger relations
  • community engagement
  • online community management
  • event planning

Liza recapped our journey recently and I wrote about the Ride before we departed.

In a nutshell, we traveled from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Tempe, Arizona with some of the most wonderful people to help raise awareness and funds for Victory Junction, a camp that benefits chronically-ill children.

I’ve been reading a lot about leadership lately – how important it is for a team, for direction, for motivation and enthusiasm and I have to say that Kyle Petty is the ultimate leader.

According to Forbe’s magazine, there are 10 qualities that make a leader:

  • Honesty – Kyle is honest about his expectations and frustrations, which makes it easy to know where we stand during a project
  • Ability to delegate – There is no way the charity ride could be as successful if it wasn’t comprised of riders, a medical team, motor marshals, support vehicles, merchandising teams, etc.  He hires good people to do their jobs and gets out of their way!
  • Communication – At the beginning of every morning, Kyle had a meeting with everyone – to talk about the day, what was to come and – in some cases – what to look out for
  • Sense of Humor – Kyle’s got it.  He’s funny, witty and it shows in his interactions with fans, Riders and staff.
  • Confidence – It’s Kyle’s confidence that makes us want to follow him and join him in his efforts to support Victory Junction.
  • Commitment – Kyle is TIRELESS.  From dozens of call-in interviews, studio interviews leading up to the Ride – to many media interviews and fan meetings, he was committed to participating in each one (one particular morning started with a 4:30 a.m. on camera interview and his day didn’t end until the evening hours)
  • Positive Atitude – A smile and a “thumbs up” can go a long way, particularly during a long day filled with a long day of driving and coordinating/attending several events.
  • Creativity – I heard lots of conversations surrounding ideas on how to make the 20th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride even better.  There’s always room for improvement.
  • Intuition – During a 2,200 motorcycle ride, there isn’t a handbook that addresses everything that will come up.  From unexpected detours to weather changes, Kyle was able to intuitively lead the group without hesitation.
  • Ability to Inspire – By keeping spirits up and communicating his appreciation for everyone’s hard work, Kyle inspired every day during the Ride.

Think of those in your community, workplace or home that are born leaders.  Do they hold any or all of these keys to leadership?  I’d love to hear from you.

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