June 23, 2014
Last month, Michelle Peluso, CEO at Gilt, delivered the keynote speech at the Annual Meeting of New York Women in Communications, a Kellen Company client on which I currently serve as Executive Director. Her remarks were truly inspiring for everyone in the room. You can view her remarks on NYWICI’s YouTube page.
Michelle spoke about her Five Principles of Leadership and I found it enlightening for my own career in association management. Here are the principles and how I relate them to my work:
- Build Other People Up – At Kellen, we work in client teams on each association. We wear multiple hats throughout the day. I know I could never do all that I am able to accomplish without a strong team. Acknowledge the people that help you shine.
- Cultivate Self Doubt – Surround yourself with people who will challenge you. Every Board has that individual who plays “devil’s advocate” to every idea. Encourage it! These are the people that will help your organization fully flesh out its strategy. If they are thinking it…undoubtably someone else will too. You don’t want a bunch of yes’ims around you. That won’t help you stretch.
- Edit & Amplify – There are a million great ideas and activities that you can take on. But how many will help you truly realize your mission? Focus on THOSE ideas and amplify them through every channel possible. Understand that it can be strategic to cut back on programs and activities that aren’t worth the time and resources.
- The Hard Times Count Most – If you stretch and reach high, you will occasionally fall. That’s ok. You will not always win but it’s in these times that you will truly learn the most about yourself and your team. Those hard times can define you unless you have…Grace.
- Have Grace to do better next time – Learn from your mistakes. Mistakes are not the problem, not learning from them is.
What do you see as the top leardership principle you abide by?