By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 10, 2008
As you may have noticed over the past couple of days, a lot about being a successful business has to do a great deal with having a solid vision, living that vision and inspiring others to help you to meet your goals.
Anne Becker, former CEO of the London Public Library, gave a very impressive lecture on what it takes to be a leader who can instill passion and purpose as well as gather a group of committed people who contribute to make the vision a reality.
The first thing a business person needs to realize is that it's not all about them, it's about the team.
Coming from a background where she had once been a General Manager and twice a CEO, Anne Becker was able to express from her own experience just what it means to rally people behind your cause, business or purpose.
Most voice actors work on their own with little to no collaboration, however, the people you are working for or are working with need to be good leaders, listeners, communicators and participants, not just artists.
à¹ Ability to prioritize
à¹ An open mind
Make sure that you can remain focused, staying true to the vision and using strategies to streamline the process and add more value.
Execute on what you say you are going to do to align all efforts and empower your team.
In order to make magic, there needs to be cooperation and a firm foundation of trust and mutual respect.
There is a huge cost, including:
à¹ Not reaching full potential
à¹ Failure to engage
à¹ Waste of human resources (talent and skill)
à¹ An open mind
Anyone can be given a leadership role but not all people are good leaders or lead well.
That being said, leadership is not something you are born with, it's a skill you develop over time that presents new adventures and challenges along the way as you increase your field of influence and foster relationships with other people.
Learning how to lead effectively and passionately is a good skill for anyone. You can be a leader within your family, your community, place of worship, organization or corporation.
I attended this conference because although I am not the CEO of our company, I am a leader in my own right within Voices.com, and as I've come to realize, within the industry as well.
Being in the presence of such accomplished women was exciting and encouraging. The fact that I was able to participate and speak directly with them at the event was particularly special.
To be a strong, authentic leader, you first need to be clear on:
à¹ Develop your Vision
à¹ Be Disciplined
à¹ Have Passion
à¹ Follow your Conscience
See all of the possibilities and identify how you can make a difference. To have a vision and lead with your vision, you need to be a dreamer, a people believer, an enabler, empower others, be hopeful and strategic.
People seek leadership from those whose vision and passion comes straight from the heart, a vision that is crystal clear, authentic and committed.
I pray that as I continue to grow in my role I will have your support. Thank you for reading this series of lectures. I hope they've been of service to you!
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