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Challenging Your Leadership Development

I was reading an article called Intellectually Curious: The Secret to One Treasurer's Career and got to thinking. The article is about Christy Barwick, treasurer of Intellectual Ventures; she discusses her top three leadership lessons: Speak Up, Don't dismiss criticism and engage a mentor or career coach. As leaders I think it's important for us to continually seek to improve and grow our skills. So looking inward I have a peer group, we too do 360 reviews, which is an "in your face" peer eval, and I am continually reading business books to challenge myself. For me, I want to be a servant leader who can grow future leaders in our organization and have the ability to challenge and grow my current team daily. While this is not always easy in this fast paced culture we have created it's extremely important to step back and evaluate ourselves from time to time. Do you have leadership lessons and do you have a current plan continuously improve?


Ernie Humphrey CTP
Title: VP, Thought Leadership
Company: Stampli
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(VP, Thought Leadership, Stampli) |

I know Christy from my time at AFP, she is a great leader. After speaking with her for five minutes you can tell that she is successful and get a sense of why. I have found that effective leaders are also great team players, even CEOs need to be team players,. That bodes very well with their direct reports and down the corporate ladder. CEOs, try this one, be a team player on a non C-Suite level project, you can say your time is too valuable, but what is more valuable than developing and engaging world class talent?

(Associate) |

I love reading about servant leadership. If people like Christie and Christy help just just one person it's great and worth the time to write, but I'm afraid that many of the bad leaders don't take the time to read to/or improve. So, servant leaders end up preaching to the choir. I think what we need to figure out is how to get good leaders to influence the bad.


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