A critical component of our leadership definition is that leaders must “…direct and inspire a team or organization to reach a goal or follow a vision…”. They must be able to provide direction AND inspiration. They have to direct them by defining the goal or articulating the vision as well as inspire them to do whatever is necessary to reach the goal.
We all know when we are around an elite leader. They are the ones who light up a room by their mere presence. They are the exceptional leaders that people want to work for, people want to hear speak, and people want to know. It’s easy to identify elite leaders by talking to the people that work for and with them. If you listen closely, you’ll here how much of an impact they make in their organization. Their people will readily run through a wall for them. If you can’t meet them in person, read about them on social media. They’ll be the ones not just with the most ‘Likes’, but with the most comments about them from people who currently and previously work for them, which shows their engagement.
Becoming an elite leader is a journey. It takes building on their innate qualities, refining their leadership through daily challenges and embracing a leadership strategy and philosophy that will keep them on track. Many will start on the path like on a multi-lane highway during rush hour. As the journey continues, it narrows to a two-lane road as fewer and fewer people remain on the journey. Eventually, it becomes a path where a single vehicle or person travels on their own.
Not everyone will become an Elite Level Leader, but it’s something we should all strive for because even if we don’t reach the elite level, we may still become a good or exceptional leader.
Each January, I like to reflect on what I accomplished in the last year and how those actions have prepared me for the upcoming year.
Reflecting on 2021
Last year was a very big year for me and my leadership training. I had more than enough work to keep me busy. I also wrote new courses on visualizations and storytelling for a couple of universities. I spoke virtually for several conferences and webinars during the year. The highlight was “Ten [Healthcare] Leadership Lessons from the Hamilton Musical” I presented for AMN Healthcare. It was a topic I had been contemplating for a few months and happy to have a chance to develop and present it. It was well received by their participants and has been presented to other healthcare and non-healthcare organizations throughout the year with great reviews.
“Communications is not a soft skill. It’s a critical skill and it’s one you need [as a leader].” – Gina London, CEO of Language of Leadership From the Foreword to the book, “The Path to Elite Level Leadership.“
“No matter which approach you take to leadership, it’s important to be authentic to who you are.” – Chris Van Gorder President & CEO of Scripps Health From the book, “The Path to Elite Level Leadership.“
“Good leaders serve the people as much as the business. They remove barriers and enable organizational growth and success. They inspire the organization to achieve an ambition they did not know or believe possible.” – Bridgette Heller Former President of Danone
From the book, “The Path to Elite Level Leadership.“
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Elite performers are the ones who win championships, Olympic medals, most valuable player award, all-star recognition, as well as, Emmy, Grammy, Oscars, Tonys, best selling, best of show, Michelin awards, etc.
“Many people exit [Hamilton] thinking about what they are going to leave behind [in their legacy]. ” – Lin-Manuel Miranda Composer, Actor & Producer of Hamilton and In The Heights
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I was asked by AMN Healthcare to deliver a leadership webinar to their subscribers earlier this year. I wanted to do something special and had been making notes on the leadership lessons in the Hamilton musical, so I offered them the topic, “10 Healthcare Leadership Lessons from the Hamilton Musical.” During my background research for the presentation, I learned not only were there leadership lessons in the musical, but also lessons in how Lin-Manuel led his team to create one of the most unique musicals ever. I decided to summarize my findings on his leadership vision in my book. I believe you’ll find it a very enlightening read. By the way, the attendees loved the presentation and I’ve delivered 3 other times since then. Thanks Michelle Bowdich for the request. Contact me to book for your organization.
I’m happy to include Lin-Manuel’s thoughts on leadership vision in the book.