No matter whether you spend your working hours, whether it’s in the boardroom, the classroom, the town hall or your own home office, leadership is what helps us have impact in the world. You don’t have to be the head of a big team to earn the title of leader. It’s a role, and I believe a responsibility, we each have every morning when our feet hit the ground.
Leadership is changing rapidly. Organizations are trying to shift cultures developed in the “command-and-control” model to become more collaborative, more responsive, and more engaging to meet the evolving needs and priorities of their marketplace. Even in society in general, this last year has seen a rise in public activism, in people speaking up for what they feel is important and right instead of sitting back to let elected leaders dominate public policy and discourse.
The Art of Leadership event brings together experts, authors, leaders, and creative thinkers from all walks of life to share their insights on leadership. I had the great opportunity and honour to be there for their Toronto event again this year to graphically capture the key takeaways from the stage. It was a particular delight to be able to hear former Vice President Joe Biden take the stage.
Here’s my “Top 10” list of wisdom from the day, as well as the visual summaries from the day.
Here are the top 10 leadership tips I took away from my experience: