What makes a great leader? What are the top three qualities on your list? Strength, generosity and vulnerability are on mine. These qualities are on display when you find your voice and tell your story.
To be a great leader you must encourage people to follow you – to inspire and motivate people to make changes – of mindset or behaviour or both. How can a great leader do this most effectively? With good storytelling…a good story is one that generously shares the truth – “all progress starts with telling the truth” … which involves displaying vulnerability … which requires strength.
People love authenticity – they want to know that they are not being ‘played’, tricked or manipulated. So great leaders share the ‘naked truth’ in a positive and constructive manner.
A good story has a beginning, middle and end…just as a good movie does. You take the listeners on a journey, that if told well, captivates and inspires them. Then they understand the context, the reasons for the journey and the benefits of travelling the journey.
They are better off for listening to the story – primed and ready to continue their own journey towards a better future. So as a leader, I suggest that you continue to work on improving your storytelling skills – as it is a key focus of mine.
Be a Great Change Leader
Recent events have confirmed what many change leaders already knew — though your change vision is critical to driving alignment and buy-in, that picture will seldom stay the same from the start of a change project to its finish.
Even projects on short timelines, like the ones many businesses undertook to roll out technologies, will need to respond to ongoing volatility internally and externally.
Against this reality, change managers will need to: