I am writing to you today while on vacation in Tuscany. While I find myself in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, I am aware that I was only 50% present as I walked the magnificent streets of Sienna. I am deeply impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas and from reading about the different aspects and responses to these horrible events, I find myself navigating my emotional terrain of sadness, anger and a sense of helplessness as I make every effort to make some sense of all this. Through my frustration and anger I am also thinking a lot about leadership. Specifically, distinguishing what constitutes powerful, inspiring leadership and what doesn’t.
A powerful and inspiring leader operates from a compelling vision and takes responsibility and holds themselves accountable for what happens on their “watch” and in their environment or sphere. The buck stops with them.
When things break down, aren’t working or are missing, they look to themselves first for the cause. They abstain for assigning blame, shame or judgement. They take OWNERSHIP and make the necessary corrections to steer their company or their life back on course. This takes maturity and humility and requires that leaders act on behalf of the greater good of everyone concerned.
A powerful and inspiring leader knows the power of declaring futures without the evidence of their likelihood, or knowledge of how to fulfill on those futures. I am reminded of the declaration that John F. Kennedy made regarding our travel to the moon: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…”
As a leader, looking at your business and your life, what are you willing to hold yourself accountable for? What declarations can you make regarding the future that you are committed to?
Looking forward to your responses to this message!
Tanto amore (Much love), Rita