Considering that I’m still on a high from this month’s Leadership Boot Camp, I feel compelled to share the jewels of wisdom from each of our thought leaders from the event. This post will focus on the session on Commitment that was lead by AMP Agency CEO, Gary Colen (@Amp_Agency).
Gary spoke about the importance of Commitment as a leadership attribute and really helped us all understand that “whom” we are committed to is just as important as “what” we are committed to.
As leaders, it is important that we exemplify the attribute of commitment for us to truly be effective.
Before we can commit to a cause or to anyone else, we have to be committed to ourselves. This is not in a selfish sense or to suggest that it’s all about you. We have to commit to ourselves in a way that promotes self-improvement and constant growth. One of the responsibilities of a leader is to be able to bring out the best in others, and you are most effective in doing that when you are at your best.
In leadership, part of being committed to the cause and to your people is staying committed to being your best. Below are a few tips that Gary shared on how to ensure that you stay committed to your cause, vision and team by committing to always being your best.
1. Never be the smartest person in the room – this stunts your ability to grow, learn and get better & smarter
2. Don’t be afraid to try and fail – This strengthens the soul. It also builds character. And even if you fail, you’re still 3 steps ahead of the guy who doesn't do anything.
3. Know your strengths and manage your weaknesses – Focus on the areas in which you are gifted. Surround yourself with other talented people, who are gifted in areas in which you are not. You cannot do it alone and no one expects you to.
4. Ask the question, you’ll be surprised – Be honest with yourself and others by asking the tough questions. It’s your responsibility to properly manage expectations. And that tough conversation that everyone is afraid of having is never as bad as everyone thinks it is.
Gary’s message resonated strongly with our millennial audience and I believe that’s because his message had a strong entrepreneurial spirit to it. It focused on leveraging your gifts and your strengths to identify and build your own brand values that will attract and inspire others.
One other major lesson that cannot be ignored is that you will experience challenges that will put your commitment to the test. This is why it is so important to pursue a career in which you are gifted and passionate. Because it is your passion and simply being good at what you do, that will sustain you during those challenging times.
“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” ― Barack Obama