Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Leadership Manifesto

Brene Brown defines leader as, "Anyone who holds her or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes."   With that definition in mind, we are all leaders.  The results of the people around us are a reflection of our capacity for leadership.   With that in mind - Brene's leadership manifesto.  As wonderful, in my opinion, as her whole-hearted parenting manifesto (which is going up in J's playroom).

To the CEO’s and teachers. To the principals and the managers. 

To the politicians, community leaders and decisions makers.
We want to show up, we want to learn, and we want to inspire.
We are hardwired for connection, curiosity, and engagement.
We crave purpose, and we have a deep desire to create and contribute.
We want to take risks, embrace our vulnerabilities, and be courageous.

When learning and working are dehumanized – when you no longer see us and no longer encourage our daring, or when you only see what we produce or how we perform – we disengage and turn away from the very things that the world needs from us: our talent, our ideas, and our passion.

What we ask is that you engage with us, show up beside us, and learn from us.

Feedback is a function of respect; when you don’t have honest conversations with us about our strengths and our opportunities for growth, we question our contributions and your commitment.

Above all else, we ask that you show up, let yourself be seen, and be courageous. 
Dare Greatly with us.