As we move into 2013, we have the opportunity to take a new look at the leadership challenges we face and how we choose to meet them. Below is an updated version of the first blog I wrote in June 2012. I offer it as a reminder that when we care and dare enough we will make a difference to our world.
Did you know that three types of leaders exist?
- Leaders who can talk about anything to anyone to make things happen. But bottom line? They don’t care about their organizations or anyone in them. They care about looking good.
- Leaders who care passionately about making a difference but don’t know how to capture attention and inspire people to take action.
- Leaders who care passionately and have the communication and change management skills to establish credibility, command attention, and put the right processes and systems in place to make things happen.
Oh, and another thing? True leadership is not a title. It’s a state of mind. When we care enough about our work and our teams to learn and share our unique gifts of knowledge and expertise—any one of us will be a leader who can make the difference between failure, mediocrity—or success.
Welcome to the last post in 2012 of Communicate with Moxie—the blog. I chose this name because I believe the best leaders are those who possess fortitude and determination, spirit and courage. They care about people, and they care about making a difference. The best leaders are those who are willing to learn and apply innovative communication and change management techniques to capture attention, challenge the status quo, and get results.
Moxie. Although Apple may not have used the term in this old ad, the essence of leadership moxie is exactly what they captured by stating: The ones who see things differently . . . They change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Stay tuned in 2013 for more blogs about how to sharpen your communication and change management skills to make the difference you want to make for your teams and organizations.
Happy New Year!
Sher Foerster Kyweriga