Everyone who attends the conference knows that their career (and, in many ways, their life) will change dramatically over the next year because of the influence the people they meet will have on them during the course of the three-day event. You see, it truly is the people in the room that make all the difference.
Last year when I was debating whether to attend the conference I asked Liz Strauss, the Co-Founder of SOBCon, “Who attends?” Her response: “The people who are meant to be in the room.”
My heart told me I was meant to me one of those people. Once there, the universe sat me next to all the right people over the course of the three days – people who would have a profound impact on the path I took over this past year.
The New Loyalty and Leadership
The focus for this year’s SOBCon conference, which officially kicks off this coming Friday, is “Building the New Loyalty and Leadership Business.” In honor of the conference focus, and as a bit of a warm-up to the event, Tuesday evening’s Leadership Chat will focus on “The Leader Who Inspires Loyalty.”
As I write this I realize it’s fitting in so many ways because the 150 business leaders who enter the SOBCon conference on Friday leave on Sunday very loyal to the other 149. I believe this in my heart. There is an unspoken bond with those I met last year that has lifted me up at many points during the past 12 months when I needed encouragement to get past my fears and take a leap of faith.
When someone launches a new program or initiative there is unparalleled support from the conference alums that I’ve simply never seen anywhere else. And unlike any other group I’ve interacted with, it seems those who “are meant to be in the room” genuinely want to change the world.
Going Deeper – Changing the World
So, in the spirit of thinking about a new kind of loyalty, of being a leader who sets out on an untraveled path and inspires others to join in the cause or simply to follow with unrivaled loyalty, I want to go deeper in this post this week.
I want to “throw out the idea” that to be that leader who inspires loyalty we must first look within ourselves and commit to being true to ourselves, to our passion, and to the path we are meant to be on.
We all know the saying that before you can truly love another person you must love yourself, wholly and completely, first. I believe the same is true of leadership.
To be a great leader who engenders loyalty you must be loyal to yourself first.
This is not easy to do. We are told we must be servants, we must put others first, we must make sacrifices. We have demands placed upon us by loved ones that take us off course and we have a multitude of priorities that sometimes have us transfixed on “just getting through” our days.
It’s impossible to inspire leadership and loyalty like this. Who wants to follow someone who’s not even connected to themselves?
Loyalty to Self Involves:
- Personal Vision – knowing it and living it with conviction
- Ensuring that our vision is tied to what makes us passionate in life
- Committing time each day to listening to ourselves – I’ve discovered over the past few months that it’s in the quiet moments I reserve for myself that answers to questions of magnitude finally emerge in my brain…having traveled straight from my heart
- Taking care of ourselves so we can, in turn, take care of others
- Making decisions that are true to our values
- Being honest with ourselves first
Go deep within yourself to become the type of leader that others want to follow and be loyal to. Remember, you have to do the hard work – first!
Join Steve Woodruff, the entire Leadership Chat Community and me for an insightful and enlightening Leadership Chat this Tuesday evening, April 26th, at 8:00 pm ET on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the #LeadershipChat hash tag to follow along or to jump in and participate.
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