We live in a culture in love with the idea of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and “putting people above profit.”
Yet, somehow, our collective culture of leadership still leaves much to be desired.
Sure, everyone talks about leadership because they know it’s important, but how many of us actually know how to grow our leadership capacity in tangible, actionable ways?
From my experience, the answer would be not many.
Due to this lack of concrete skill in what is so often and reverently called “the soft skills,” the leadership space has become accordingly flooded with lofty language, pie-in-the-sky goals, and word-smithing gurus. People today have all the knowledge in the world about what “leadership” is or isn’t, and they’ve seen all the case studies and statistics about the result of good leadership.
But what the majority of us don’t know how to do is intentionally, concretely improve our own personal leadership capacity. We are equally as ill-equipped to consciously and systematically raise up other great leaders around us.
If we were, we wouldn’t see statistics about 78% of people leaving their jobs, not because of their work, but because of their bosses. Nor would we see so many examples of company cultures like Enron and Worldcom running amok with the kind of toxic leadership that has the power to bring an entire state and industry to it’s knees.
The trouble is, because that ethereal thing we call “leadership” seems so intangible and immeasurable, we find it difficult to put solid actions and plans behind it’s development. Finding numbers and strategies easier to deal with, we often leave the leadership problem to sort itself out on it’s own, hoping each person will “do their part.” So it’s not that we plan for our companies, or indeed even ourselves, to exhibit poor leadership cultures, it’s just that we don’t plan not to.
Because it’s so much easier to plan and measure for strategic success, we cling to our trite collection of core values and armor ourselves with confidence in our goodness, hoping that strategy and good intentions will win the battle for us.
But that won’t cut it in the long term and each of us eventually comes to this realization at some point or another. I think it’s also safe to say that far too many of us learn this fact the hard way from first hand experience.
The problem then is figuring out what to do about it.
That’s where the Liberating Leader Tour comes in.
WHAT IT IS
The Liberating Leader Tour is a day of leadership focused on helping you BECOME a leader that people want to follow. GiANT Worldwide Co-Founders, Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram, will be sharing a host of practical insights they have gained over the past 12+ years of working with leaders from all over the world. (You can sign up by visiting giantworldwide.com/tour)
WHO IT’S FOR
In short, it’s for you. It’s for your teams, your friends, and anyone you know who is hungry for growth as a person, as a leader, as a spouse, and as a person in any other area of their lives. We’ve shared our practical tools & content with a multitude of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. This includes everyone from elected officials in the British Foreign office to small startups in Atlanta and non-profit organizations all over the globe. What we’ve discovered is that organizations are made of people, so when you focus on developing people at their core, healthy growth will disemminate throughout the rest of the organization.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS IT
When you look back at your leadership legacy, what kind of followers would you like to see?
Do you want the people you lead to be there because they have to follow you, or because they want to follow you?
I think most of us would answer the same way.
And that’s what this tour is about. We’re going around the country starting conversations about the key to building willing, engaged, empowered followers rather than accumulating punch-card employees.
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So what’s the key?
The key is to begin with yourself – to first Become a Leader Worth Following.
Once you become a leader worth following, not only will people want to follow you without the need for pulling rank, you’ll also have a template for building other leaders worth following. When this happens, you’ll find yourself running a company everyone wants to work for.
Join us this October for a day of leadership and liberation.
After all, you can’t give what you don’t possess. Focus on liberating your own leadership capacity first, then you’ll have the tools to make your organization a place everyone wants to work.
“Before you can ever hope to lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself.”