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Leadership without Boundaries

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My son turned 3 years old on Monday, and to celebrate the occasion we had a birthday party at his daycare.  One of the attractions was a clown who did face painting, balloon figures and shapes, singing and dancing, etc.  All of the children were into the face painting except for one – the birthday boy.  He refused to get anything painted, running from the clown and hiding behind me or my wife at every opportunity.  I pulled him to the side, walked with him, and talked to him.  When he returned, he ran to the front of the line with his sleeve pulled up and anxious to get his arm painted.  After he received his spider “tattoo” he ran from friend to friend comparing artwork, being very excited that he had his arm painted.

Every opportunity is a leadership moment.  Especially those that require you to either think differently or place you in an unfamiliar situation.  A classroom full of kids is not my comfort zone.  But it does not change how I manage or handle a situation. 

Always lead according to your style.  Never change your style because the situation or the people have changed.  You may change your approach and method, but your style, beliefs, and values remain constant.  If you remain true to yourself, then it will be easier for people to follow under your lead. 

Have you been placed in a different situation?  How did that impact you as a leader?  Did you continue to behave as you did before?

P.S.  I’m sure you are asking yourself  “What did he say that convinced his son to get the face painting?”  Well, that was easy…I asked him are you going to get painted?”  He said “No.”  I then asked “Do you want a cupcake?”  He shook his head yes.  I told him the only way he will get a cupcake is if he gets painted (and the cupcakes were decorated as his favorite cartoon character Spongebob.)  I then asked him again “Do you want to get painted?”  He then said “Yes.”  – The Lesson: Always find the common ground that makes people believe they gained something.  If they feel they won, they will follow (more on that in a later post).

Chadwick Taylor is Author of KONKERER Leadership

He helps  develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development

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