I have spent most of my working life thinking about what makes a good leader, possibly because so much of my early years was dominated by such poor quality examples. I grew up watching on the news badly behaving union bosses in the late 70s, who thought of themselves as heroes but were actually just bullies. They effectively became a Trojan horse opening the way for single-minded politicians who lacked vision or innovation at a time it was desperately needed.
In reading about some of history’s great leaders like Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth I, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandi, Emmeline Pankhurst, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Helen Keller, combined with our work in the leadership coaching space, a pattern evolved.
Everything that was and is being discussed around leadership seems to fall into one of 5 categories. Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Business, Leading Complexity and Leading Society. Leading Society has always been a core interest for us and one of the reasons we love what we do is that we get to work with people who not only want to lead their teams and companies well, but also want to make a contribution to the society and world we live in.
We are very privileged to work with people who can see that they are part of a bigger picture and who have the courage to challenge the inertia of the status quo. Often our clients use us to help them ‘chunk’ the big, complex issues they are interested in into something real where they can take action and make a difference.
Time is limited, we know, so we have decided to launch a Facebook page: LM Society (https://www.facebook.com/leadershipmastery.lmsociety) where we will post the ideas and discussions about society-wide issues that we keep a tab on. You may not agree with the ideas we highlight, that’s not the aim. The goal is to encourage reflection and conversation. Our challenge to you is that you aim to have one “Did you know…” conversation with a colleague, friend or family member each week. We would also love to hear from you with ideas for posts. To connect simply like our Facebook page and please email your ideas for posts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org