JJ Colburn, CAE
Strategic Association Management
Leading with Intentionality
As we continue to face new and complex challenges related to changes in the workforce and workplace, increased polarization in our culture and communities, generational considerations, and the ways we access and consume information through evolving technologies, it’s critically important that leaders are highly intentional about their approaches to managing people and programs. Three key characteristics that can cultivate intentionality in how we lead others are empathy, curiosity, and resilience.
- Empathy is very simply being able to understand the needs of others. The ability to skillfully and authentically practice empathy builds trust, empowers people and strengthens relationships.
- Curiosity is an essential mindset and skill. Given the challenges we face, discovering new insights, new understandings, and new answers is key and a commitment to staying curious also nurtures a sense of humility. Leaders who ask great questions help others solve their own challenges and find their own answers, which creates the ideal culture of “people support what they help create” in organizations.
- Resilience is the ability to bounce back from challenges and setbacks. Resilience serves to inspire and promote grit and growth. Having a deep understanding of your core purpose and vision is the cornerstone of resilience.