When you are hiring a keynote speaker on leadership you want to make sure that they have experience in leadership or in dealing with leaders. As an Executive High-Performance Coach my experience falls into the latter category. For the past few years, I have had the privilege of working with leaders across a variety of industries to assist them in improving their ability to lead, influence, and encourage change.
My keynotes on leadership focus on the most important aspect of leadership – LEADING. Leaders have become so obsessed with an ever-approaching future that they have forgotten to lead their people who are anxious and nervous about an uncertain future.
Chip Conley eloquently stated that Anxiety = Uncertainty X Powerlessness.
This then is my challenge to leaders.
How are you alleviating the anxiety that your people are feeling?
Of course, you are not responsible for the emotions or actions of others.
But through your leadership, you should inspire those who feel weary and encourage those who feel uncertain about the way forward.
The above equation provides a great starting point.
Leadership and Uncertainty
We have been told time and time again that the world is changing more rapidly than ever before. As a leader you feel this intensely but do you realise that your people are feeling it too?
The best way for you to reduce uncertainty is:
- to make sure that communication happens consistently and thoroughly
- to be open and honest (authentic is the buzzword at the moment) about how you see things unfolding
- to create structures that support people through change
Leadership and Powerlessness
We have for a long time known that people want a certain sense of autonomy. They want to feel like they are in control of their destiny.
So, how can you give it to them?
It seems like we need to find ways to give people more responsibility and accountability. But, if we go a step further, I think we need to invest in people’s self-development.
We cannot give people a sense of control.
They need to take it for themselves.
Keynotes on Leadership
What I am describing above is not a specific topic for a keynote but rather an overarching approach and philosophy. I like potential clients to understand my thinking about the topic rather than to dissect the topic itself. My Keynote Speaker Series goes into even more detail.