Hello SOTGC community,
Imagine a dinner with four to six individuals who inspire, motivate, and support you. What does that table look like, who is sitting at the table, and more importantly WHY are they sitting at the table? These are the questions that prompt an individual to create and evaluate their personal leadership table.
The concept of a Leadership Table was introduced to me by Kathryn McClendon at the 2013 TedxBuffaloWomen conference. Her Ted Talk entitled “I am a Leader?” evaluated what it meant to be a leader and how to tap into your inner heroine. For me, the most important take-away was in the importance of allowing yourself to be inspired by monumental individuals, and, ultimately, yourself.
After leaving this conference, I realized that a leadership table was a tool that millennials, entrepreneurs, students, – EVERYONE – needed in their day-to-day development. Being able to identify the individuals who inspire you, and reasons why they do, enables you to formulate measurable benchmarks for the professional and personal qualities you wish to encompass.
More importantly, formulating a leadership table allows you to hone in on three aspects important to progressive growth.
1. Creating your own source of inspiration:
Finding ways to gather inspiration and motivation on a daily basis is extremely important. In a professional culture dominated by competition, it’s easy to get discouraged if you’re not exposed to encouragement daily. A leadership table allows for you to create your own cup of inspiration that is easily accessible and tailored to YOU.
2. Being able to identify what type of leader you are/want to be:
When you can identify why you admire someone’s leadership style, it makes it easier for you to pinpoint the things Leader X does that inspires and motivates you. It also makes their qualities easier to implement within your daily life.
3. Setting a professional and personal standard for yourself:
Standards are extremely important to ensure that you stick to your anticipated goals. Your leadership table allows you to set standards for the caliber of individuals you look up to. Additionally, referring back to your table consistently allows you to reinforce this standard.
Perhaps, the most enjoyable thing about a leadership table is that ANYONE can sit at your leadership table. There are no guidelines regarding who you place at your table; it is a reflection of who you are and what you consider admirable.
I encourage you all to take some time to sit down and create your own personal Leadership Table. What does it look like?
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