My friend, Alison Kieckhafer, CMP, is on to something BIG!
When she assumed the presidency of the Meeting Professionals International Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter earlier this year, Alison chose a powerful theme for her term; “Activate Your Goodness.” She has personally challenged all 800+ chapter members to act on improving the community and the larger world around them. You can check out her presidential message at MPI D/FW.
To kick-off her leadership campaign, Alison gave each member of the MPI D/FW Chapter a small crystal ornament, urging them to find a chairitable organization and work on its behalf. I already had a cause, The Boot Campaign, so I hitched her “Goodness Crystal” to the saddlebags of my Harley-Davidson in July and took it with me for 13,000 miles along the perimeter of the U.S. for 32 days through 34 states to honor our veterans and active-duty military. In all kinds of weather; storms along the Gulf Coast, a wildfire in Montana, California sunshine and blistering heat in the desert Southwest, it was always there a reminder to work for a cause, not applause.
Alison gets it. She knows that real leadership has a servant’s heart, and that a truly great leader must be fully invested in the future of others, personally and professionally. After 20 years teaching leadership and team success strategies to some of the best-known organizations in the world, I’ve learned one immutable leadership truth; “you are what you do.” Unfortunately, most “leaders” talk a good game, but walk nothing consistent with their words. Mostly, it’s all about them. I see it every day and, more to the point, have worked alongside some of the worst “leaders” imaginable. Really bad.
Anyone who expects to lead should know what they stand for. THINK about that one carefully, because I guarantee you the members of a team know exactly what their “leader” is all about. I recently spoke on this subject to a group of Association Executives in New Mexico.
Here’s a News Flash! Leadership: It’s NOT about YOU!