Skill Level Intermediate
- Most people would agree that we are living at a moment in time when the need for good leadership could not be greater, so it's the perfect moment for all of us to get off the leadership bench, as Frances Frei and Anne Morriss put it, and take proactive steps toward being the kind of leader we need. So how do you become a good leader? In working with them both, I've seen them put these ideas into practice, and what I love so much about their definition of leadership is that they make the case that it's not about you.
It's about how much better other people perform as a result of your leadership. Creating the conditions for others to thrive is an idea that's at the core of what it means to lead. It's less about trying to get leadership right, and more about focusing your energy on the well-being and success of the people around you. And maybe the hardest thing for all of us is in order to succeed in this model, you have to start doing less rather than more. They describe the remedy in a way I really love, which is you have to embrace the truth that you can't be good at everything.
Trying to be good at everything leads to burnout. You can't be the perfect spouse, parent, volunteer, and employee, all at the same time. Something will inevitably suffer. Finding the courage to be bad is something we can all embrace, the courage to choose the areas where you will excel and then give yourself permission to do other things badly, or stop doing them altogether. As we'll hear from Frances and Anne, we all need you to come off the leadership bench now more than ever.