Thursday, May 2, 2019

Defining Moments in Leadership





Sharing honestly

Spring growth and transformation 
Defining moments


I believe leadership is defined in the small decisions and interactions we have as much as the big and highly visible ones. When many people think of strong leaders they often picture the individuals at the top of the org chart who share the big strategic announcements, make the key executive hires or drive M&A activity. Leadership stuff. Real leadership though isn't all big moments. It's not all top of the org chart.

The best leaders I have worked with made the small one-on-one moments feel just as important as the big public leadership events. They took the time to listen - really listen - and engage in the conversation with as much focus and attention as they would a board meeting. The best leaders shared feedback honestly, candidly. No bullshit. No tiptoeing around the corners to avoid confronting the hard facts. Simple honesty. "Here is what you can do better" or "here is what you need to do to get what you want from your career."

We all want that honesty. It is lacking so much today that we are desperate for it. It sucks to hear critical feedback. It just does. No one likes it at the moment. But we all want it. We all need it. The best leaders share it and ultimately we are all better for it. Leaders, real leaders - not just the top of the org chart individuals - take those small interactions, those small opportunities for honesty and growth, and make them defining moments.  





About David Verhaag 


David has spent his career building and scaling teams at some of the leading HR technology companies. He was most recently the Chief Customer Officer at Degreed, the lifelong learning platform. Prior to Degreed, he held leadership positions at Kahuna, HireVue, and SuccessFactors. David lives in Park City, Utah.

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