Keynote By: Angie Morgan, Summarized by: Turia Averett
Angie Morgan, LeadStar, delivered an inspiring Keynote at our Elevate Summit for Trusted Advisors on May 28, 2020. Take a look at her tips on how to become a more effective leader.
Leadership is a choice.
Angie’s main message was focused on leadership. She shared practical tips each individual and business owner could apply to develop leadership skills. Angie said,
“a leader is someone who influences outcomes and inspires others. A leader gets the job done and sees results along the way. Everyone has a leadership role. You can be a manger without being a leader. Unfortunately, most of us have had that experience. But you can be a person of leadership without having any actual position of authority. If you can influence and you can inspire, you can lead.”
Angie shared an interesting study she had read on leadership regarding a twin study on the nature v. nurture relationship on leadership. The study found that we are born with 30% of our ability to lead and influence. These types of things are extroversion, energy, looks and intelligence. 70% of leadership skills are things that we can all develop.
Leadership then begins with our thoughts. As humans, our instincts are to wrap our arms around our material things and pull them closely to us. We are hardwired to think selfishly. This is where our cognitive abilities come into play. Angie advised paying attention to the way that we think and figure out how to override your naturally selfish instincts. Why? Because right now, service-based leadership is more important than ever.
If you struggle to pay attention to the way you think, you are in luck! Angie gave us nine practical ways to take service-based leadership action, today.
9 Practical ways to take service-based leadership action
First, you have to be present to win. Be present. Check in with those around you. Make daily connections with other people on a human level. We are in a time of uncertainty – so stay in the moment. Give your time and attention to the exact moment that you are experiencing.
Second, set the tone for your audience. Be honest and transparent for your coworkers and family. Instead of sharing “yes, I am scared for the future,” try a different approach. Share “yes, I are scared and this I am doing X,Y, and Z to process these emotions.”
Third, be positive. We need positivity right now. Anyone can be negative during this difficult time. Negativity is low hanging fruit. Whereas being positive takes work and effort. This means sincere positivity, accepting that this experience with COVID-19 has been difficult and “this is what I am learning about myself in this experience”. This shows you accepting the reality of your situation and finding the opportunity to be positive. If we ask our brains to find the silver lining in this situation, our brains will do it.
Fourth, make small talk.
Most everyone works from home right now. That means that your days are starting to blur together. When was the last time you changed your clothes? Showered? It gets easy to get lost in the monotony of our days blurring together. Take the time to think about the people in your world. Make a consistent effort to get to know them better. Ask better questions such as, “how is morale in your household?”
Fifth, close your mouth and open your ears.
Did you know that we can listen twice as fast as we can talk? Listening is one of the most powerful forms of leadership. Even though our brains have excess capacity to listen and think about other things, dig deep and be in the moment when another person is talking to you.
Sixth, sweat the small stuff.
We have all had someone ask us how we are doing and responded, “fine.” But in reality, we weren’t fine, we were struggling. Ask them more questions. What does “fine” mean? Serve the other person by really asking sincerely for how they are doing.
Seventh, seize training opportunities.
What are you learning about yourself in this environment? Take the time to be present with yourself to learn about yourself. This is an incredible opportunity for us to transform.
Eighth, share your vision with others.
Right now, your vision may not go beyond next week. But share it anyways. Share with others your assumptions, your facts, and share a realistic timeline. While none of us know what is going to happen in the future, or when the economy will recover, share your vision anyway.
Finally, have fun.
It can be hard to find lightness in this environment. Go for a walk, binge watch your favorite show, bake something new or laugh with a loved one. Remember that you need to enjoy life and find a way to find joy in the moment.