Presentation on theme: "It Comes Down to AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP Sean M. Georges, J.D., LL.M. SVP, HR & In-House Counsel Shoe Carnival, Inc."— Presentation transcript:
It Comes Down to AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP Sean M. Georges, J.D., LL.M. SVP, HR & In-House Counsel Shoe Carnival, Inc.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOURSELF? Everything you and I accomplish in our organization, in our family, in our community, is done with, by, and through human beings with a common purpose. YOUR LEADERSHIP is required.
LEADERSHIP IS... WHO YOU ARE & WHAT YOU DO THAT MOVES OTHERS TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION. BE. KNOW. DO.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first. - Robert K. Greenleaf (1970)
CULTURE BUSINESS REALITIES/CONTEXT POLICIES/PRACTICES REGULATIONS LAW
Culture is the reality: – THIS is WHAT MATTERS. – THIS is HOW we do things. – THIS is WHO we are. Leaders CREATE Culture. Leaders DEFINE Culture. Leaders PROTECT Culture.
Every interaction with another human being is an opportunity to lead... To build and strengthen the culture. To build relationships grounded in respect and dignity. To bring organizational values to life. To teach, listen, understand, and learn. To serve as an example. To accomplish the right things in the right way. To serve...
What Do These People Want? Focus me. Equip me. Know me. Help me see my value. Care about me. Help me grow. Hear me. Help me see my importance. Help me feel proud. Help me build mutual trust. Help me review my contributions. Challenge me. -- Gallup Q12 Survey (3+ Million Employees)
LEADERS ACT IN WAYS WHICH SERVE TO ELEVATE THOSE AROUND THEM.
The worst leader is one who is despised. Next, one who is feared. Next best is a leader who is loved. When the best leader works, people are hardly aware she exists. When her work is done, people say, “AMAZING. WE DID IT ALL BY OURSELVES!” - Lao Tse; Tao te Ching (6 th Century, BC)
Daily Mirror Check “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” - Max DePree, Leadership is an Art
What are you waiting for? Leadership is not about title, or position. Leadership is BE/KNOW/DO. Start your intentional leadership development journey. NOW. Read. Practice. Reflect. Learn. Practice. Engage with the people around you. Build relationships. Align with Mission. Pay attention to leadership opportunities. SERVE.