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Bold leadership

October 10, 2016


In a recent discussion with my former Vistage chair, who I respect tremendously – Mitch Pearlman, he shared an exercise from the recent Vistage Executive Summit (if you’re not familiar with Vistage, check them out – incredible organization: Vistage).  The exercise was centered around “Bold Leadership”.

The handout began with a concise definition:

Bold: (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous: a bold attempt to solve the crisis.

It then went on to ask the following questions:

  1. What is Bold Leadership to you?
  2. How have you shown Bold Leadership in your life or business (one powerful short example!).
  3. What Bold action are you committing to, to get yourself and/or your company to the next level.

While I wasn’t able to attend the summit and participate in this exercise, this struck a chord with me.  In my opinion, people who make the best managers are those who strongly support the people they manage.  To me this means being bold in making the tough decisions; being bold in always and without fail backing your people; being bold to remove obstacles in their path and take a personal interest in their success; and in a backwards kind of way, being bold by doing it most of the time without expecting thanks.

I think this is a good quick mental exercise by which everyone would be served.  Take a few minutes in your day to think about making more of an impact to those around you.


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