Meditating this morning on what it means to lead and what it means to be an individual wanting to be connected to a whole.
Simon Sinek's TED talk touches on how the more safe a group feels (safety is created by a leader), the more they will come together and fight the "dangers" surrounding the group. If an individual in a company, a family, or any relationship does not feel safe, they will be operating in fear - an emotion that takes away from productivity and enjoyment of life. He contemplates the actions and attitude a leader must take in order to create an atmosphere of safety.
Kare Anderson speaks about our fortunate obligation to create opportunities for others. She states that we should be constantly connecting other people in our networks to help them create something bigger than what they could ever accomplish on their own.
Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe
"You know, in the military, they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain. We have it backwards. Right? So I asked myself, where do people like this come from? And my initial conclusion was that they're just better people. That's why they're attracted to the military. These better people are attracted to this concept of service. But that's completely wrong. What I learned was that it's the environment, and if you get the environment right, every single one of us has the capacity to do these remarkable things, and more importantly, others have that capacity too."
"The closest analogy I can give to what a great leader is, is like being a parent. If you think about what being a great parent is, what do you want? What makes a great parent? We want to give our child opportunities, education, discipline them when necessary, all so that they can grow up and achieve more than we could for ourselves. Great leaders want exactly the same thing. They want to provide their people opportunity, education, discipline when necessary, build their self-confidence, give them the opportunity to try and fail, all so that they could achieve more than we could ever imagine for ourselves."
"We call them leaders because they go first. We call them leaders because they take the risk before anybody else does. We call them leaders because they will choose to sacrifice so that their people may be safe and protected and so their people may gain, and when we do, the natural response is that our people will sacrifice for us. They will give us their blood and sweat and tears to see that their leader's vision comes to life, and when we ask them, "Why would you do that? Why would you give your blood and sweat and tears for that person?" they all say the same thing: "Because they would have done it for me." And isn't that the organization we would all like to work in?"
Kare Anderson: Be an Opportunity Maker
1. Keep honing your top strength
2. Become a pattern seeker
3. Get involved in different worlds than your own so you are trusted
4. Communicate to connect sweet spots of shared interest.
"The world is hungry for us to unite together as opportunity makers and to emulate those behaviors and to re-imagine a world where we use our best talents together more often to accomplish greater things together than we could on our own."