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Leadercast 2014 Recap

If you missed the 2014 Leadercast, then you missed some great content, great speakers, and incredible ideas that have the potential to shift your thinking when it comes to leadership. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

1. Becoming a Beyond You Leader

Andy Stanley, author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through 3 ways to become a leader that makes an impact and leaves a legacy that goes beyond you.

2. The Wake of a Leader

Best selling author and leadership psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud, talked about the wake that leaders leave behind them as they travel towards the future.

3. 4 Characteristics of a Good Leader

ArchBishop Desmond Tutu challenged leaders to imagine a world where leaders didn’t make decisions based only on strategy or economics, but what was best for everyone involved.

4. Nothing Prepares Your for Leadership as much as Experience

First Lady Laura Busch was interviewed about her experience in the White House and having a first hand seat to watching world changing decisions happen every single day.

5. Legitimate Leadership

Best selling author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell discussed 3 characteristics that legitimize any given leader as someone worth following.

6. The Dream of a Leader

Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP challenged leaders to find, keep, and chase their dream.

7. Leadership is a Practice not an Event

Leadercast concluded with leadership expert and best selling author Simon Sinek who challenged leaders to lead with courage.

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Leadercast 2014: Malcolm Gladwell

In the afternoon I had the opportunity to hear from one of my personal favorite communicators Malcolm Gladwell.

Deterrence: When people decide to obey an authority or not, they make a calculation. If the cost of breaking the rule is greater than the benefit of breaking the rule, they will obey the rule.

  • Deterrence is a very low level motivator of and a frequently employed tactic by poor leaders
  • Deterrence isn’t the real reason that people obey the law or follow leaders…rather it’s legitimacy

3 Components of Legitimacy:

#1 Respectful: We consider authority to be legitimate if we are treated with respect

#2 Fairness: We will submit to authority if we believe that it’s fair. The principles are fairly and consistently applied to everyone.

#3 Trustworthy: We will follow a leader if the administration of that authority is trustworthy.

  • To be an effective leader – it maters not just what you say but how you say it – process is fundamentally important
  • As a leader it doesn’t matter if you are 100% in the right, it matters how you execute your leadership in the moment – or you lose trust – and trust it the foundation of leadership
  • When people don’t follow leaders, the first question to ask is not what’s wrong with the followers, but what’s wrong with the leader…responsibility begins at the top
  • Nothing good happens in any organization unless the leader starts with themselves
  • When people feel like they’re not heard they rebel

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