My team and I had the great fortune of facilitating our Tru Access Leadership Boot Camp this past Saturday. It was an incredible day of inspiration and empowerment by thought leaders across a myriad of industries. Everyone, including the speakers and panelists, walked away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of the power and responsibility of effective leadership.
The Boot Camp focused on the Tru Access 5 C’s of Leadership, which are: Competence, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency and Concern. A different speaker addressed four of these different leadership attributes and a panel of experts addressed the remaining attribute of Consistency. All of the sessions were incredibly insightful and inspiring.
Our keynote speaker was Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) from ESPN and he spoke about the importance of Concern as a leadership attribute for impacting positive change. In his presentation, Chris emphasized to our millennial audience that concern is what separates the good leaders from the great leaders. Concern is also what leaves a legacy of impact long after you are gone.
As I listened to Chris speak and watched the faces of the young adults absorb his insights, I could almost physically see the revelation that was staking place. The examples that were shared from Magic Johnson to John F. Kennedy to Martin Luther King to Mahatma Gandhi all resonated with this young group of leadership enthusiasts in one way or another.
His points were poignant and his rationale was undeniable. The message to millennials was simple… If you want to be a great leader, you have to be concerned about how what you do benefits others.
Many millennials are looking for leadership. There is no shortage of people in leadership positions, but great leadership is rare. Do not confuse someone in a leadership position for the example of the leadership that you should follow simply because of his or her title or position. Don’t ever accept mediocrity in leadership from others or from yourself.
For millennials that want to be good leaders, you must be Competent, Confident, Committed and Consistent. For millennials that want to be great leaders, you must be all of these things, but you must also be Concerned. Being concerned about others and their well-being is what separates the good from the great.
"It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to our greatest self." ― Steve Maraboli