The Choices Of Leadership

April 5, 2013

I am speaking this morning to a group of leaders at Truckee Meadows Community College. It’s not often that I get a chance to speak to colleagues in education about leadership so I am looking forward to it.

These folks have been participating in leadership development and my talk will be the final session. I want to engage them in conversation about what they have learned so far and then share with them some of my thoughts about the process of leadership.

I’ve framed my talk as the choices we have to make if we choose to engage with others in the process of purposeful change and continual improvement. I think everyone that engages in this process has to choose to be purposeful instead of egocentric, to master the performance of their given domain, to care about what they do and those they do it with, to have integrity, to trust and be worthy of the trust of others, to be fair, be willing to change personally, help as well challenge others, and to be a source of encouragement rather than discouragement. That is of course not a comprehensive list, but anyone that does these things is certainly a credit to his or her organization.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Bret, I am particularly enthralled with the “choice” part of your definition. I love that, because so few leaders feel like they have the power to choose. The first step is to become aware (present) to their choices – and then to remain vigilant enough to make them! Thanks for sparking something here.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Thanks for adding to the conversation, MJ. I really do think leadership is as much about the choices we make as anything else. Bret