Leadership Development

Leadership is a Personal Definition

The question “does leadership start with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no'” is something that confuses me. What in the heck does that even mean? Well after about 30 minutes of pondering this I decided to just make of it whatever I felt made sense and then I realized that this was my answer to my question..

Leadership starts with a yes. Leadership starts with someone just deciding that they are going to do something. The first step to leadership and making a difference is to decide to do something; to say “yes”.

Saying that leadership starts with a “no” is not wrong. I don’t think this question really has a wrong answer I think it’s based solely on your perspective and personality. Those who say that leadership starts with a “no” are probably those driven by being told no. They are driven by being told that they cannot do something. That ultimately is not me and that is why FOR ME, leadership starts with yes. FOR ME leadership starts with positivity and encouragement. For me, others shooting positivity my way is the best way for leadership to shine. The word no shuts me down, but the word no motivates others and I think that this is such an important thing to remember when working with others.

Essentially I just think that this question is a personal question. I think that the answer truly should be different for everyone because not everyone is motivated and inspired by the same things. For me, leadership begins with “yes”.

Leadership is about the decisions you make, and the actions that you take each day. The world is waiting. Leadership is a choice-and it starts with you.” -Alyse Nelson

Leadership Education, Leadership Training

Start With Why

In our LDR100 class, we were split into groups of about eight people and given a book to read and relate to our leadership experiences. We were then asked to do a presentation for our class to teach them what our book was about and demonstrate the things that we learned. Our book was about starting with a purpose and not just the product. We discussed starting with WHY you are doing something rather than what you are doing. To demonstrate this, we took videos of our friends and family discussing who their role models were and why. This taught that you pick your friends and family for who they are rather than what they do. You start with why they are your model.

“If we all take some responsibility to start with WHY and inspire others to do the same, then, together, we can change the world”. -Simon Sinek

In the book, Simon Sinek discussed the importance of the golden circle. The golden circle is a demonstration of how you should make decisions in order to be an effective leader. You start from the inside and move out. So, you start with why you want to do something. You move to how you’re going to do something, and then you figure out exactly what you are going to do. This is proven to be how successful businesses like Apple run their business. By using the idea of starting with why when working in groups, you will be a more effective leader in whatever it is you’re doing.

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