The 4th Principle of Professional Leadership is “An abundance of the innate leadership qualities of humility, empathy, vision and risk-taking (and the instinct when to use each).”
Although everyone can be taught leadership, the best leaders have that little something extra that sets them apart. That ‘something extra’ component is usually a number of innate leadership qualities, some that can be taught, but the best leaders have an abundance of these qualities innately. The more innate qualities a leader has, the higher their leadership ceiling which is what separates a good leader from an elite level leader.
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The 3rd Principle of Professional Leadership is “A thorough understanding of the situational influences that impact leading their followers and the environment in which they lead.”
Leaders need to closely watch for changes in their situational influences. These could be from primary influences such as their followers or the environment or secondary influences from peers or superiors. Changes in any of these influences requires an immediate response in the manner in which the leader executes their leadership.
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The 2nd Principle of Professional Leadership is “Awareness of those moments in a leader’s life that shaped them to become the leader they are.”
Leaders must know those defining moments in their life that shaped them into the leader they became. It could be successfully facing a challenging situation, a mentor who took them under their wing or sadly, a tragedy. This knowledge helps leaders understand their underlying beliefs and how they influence decisions, guide problem-solving and drive behavior.
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The Principles of Professional Leadership are the selection foundation for the Leadership IMPACT Award. I will be discussing each of the principles over the next few weeks.
Principle #1: Knowledge of who they are as a person and as a leader.
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If a book was written with all the stories about the hard work and dedication our healthcare workers and leaders have put in over the last couple of months, it would be over 1,000 pages. Here’s to all the heroic healthcare workers who give their all every day to keep us safe and all the people who support them. Their bravery and commitment to caring for our sick country deserves a round of applause. God bless each and every one of you.
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Since 2016, the Healthcare Center of Excellence, through its leadership training arm, the Professional Leadership Academy, has been using the Leadership IMPACT Assessment to evaluate the potential and practice of leadership as well as monitor leadership improvement over time. This proprietary tool was developed by incorporating multiple disciplines to evaluate leadership behavior. Its measurable results have successfully been utilized in onsite and online Professional Leadership Training classes and it was the subject of a 2019 case study.
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To be a great storyteller, you have to have stories to tell. The more stories you have at your disposal, the easier it is to match the right story to the right situation for the right audience.
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During the Academy Awards ceremony, I noticed a common theme from the presenters and winners, which was the importance of telling a good story. No matter what kind of movie, the best movies have the best stories. The best actors typically come from the best movies.
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I had the pleasure of hearing E. Gordon Gee speak at a dinner several years ago when I taught in the Integrated Marketing Communications program at West Virginia University. I was so impressed with his ability to connect with the audience that I wrote an article about it back then and included his story in my book, “Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare.” He uses a lot of self-deprecating humor in his stories because it leads to high viral probability when posted on social media.
Here is the video from the event. Even if you only watch part the video, you will learn something about incorporating storytelling into your daily leadership practice.
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As we prepare for the launch of our Storytelling for Leaders Master Class, I’ve reflected on my life as a story gatherer and storyteller. I’ve loved writing and telling stories since I was young. Family interactions can be some of the most impactful stories to tell.
I heard stories from my great-grandparents as they told us about growing up on farms in Louisiana. I vividly remember my great-grandmother telling us about how they would get a chicken from the farm for dinner.
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