Approaching Bold Leadership
One of the resources I have found very meaningful is the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. If you’re new to leadership or you’re new to actually spending intentional time learning about leadership and how you can become a leader worth following (which is what we’re all about at Handler), the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast has been my go-to for many years.
One of my favorite episodes of this podcast is on the topic of bold leadership. You can listen to the full episode here.
Andy defines bold leadership as “clarity around, and unreasonable commitment to, what should be.”
Bold leaders are really 3 things:
If you want to be a bold leader, you have to have focus but also prioritize your focus. This means you have to be resourceful. Use your team, use technology, and use any tools available to get things done. You do whatever it takes. And finally, you’re committed. But that’s more than committed to your work and company. Your commitment as a bold leader must be to your team. Bold leaders never give up.
Any of us can step into bold leadership. Bold leadership is not about talent, a personality type, or fearless people. It’s about being committed to something greater than yourself. My journey through leadership has taught me more things than I can count, but I do have a few strategies to share that can help you on your journey to bold leadership.
Here are a few strategies for approaching bold leadership and becoming the kind of leader who can make a real impact:
Be willing to step outside your comfort zone and take risks, even if it feels scary or uncertain. You’re going to have difficult conversations and make tough decisions, even if they’re unpopular or controversial. By embracing discomfort, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges that come with bold leadership.
Build a strong network
Surround yourself with people who share your vision and values. Seek out mentors and advisors who can offer guidance and support. Having a strong support network can help you stay motivated and focused, even when things get tough. This can also include podcasts and books that you can reference and learn from.
Stay true to your values
Bold leadership requires a strong sense of purpose and a commitment to your values. Know what your values are, and never waver, even when it’s difficult or unpopular. By staying true to your values, you’ll inspire others to do the same and build a culture of integrity and trust.
Remember we can all become bold leaders, but we’re all going to have unique leadership styles. Your leadership doesn’t have to look the same as someone else. Find what works for you.