Steve Woodruff and I launched Leadership Chat on Twitter a year ago this week, on Tuesday the 12th of October. Thinking back as we celebrate our one-year anniversary, we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into but we believed in the Leadership Chat vision, partly described as:
Leadership Chat is a place where leaders from around the world gather via Twitter every Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm Eastern Time to share their insights, experiences and advice on all things leadership.
The Leadership Chat Community is rich and vibrant and full of smart, experienced leaders who are willing to share what they know to advance the practice of leadership worldwide. And yet, it’s a casual experience envisioned to be akin to pulling up a chair at a large dining table in the hills of Tuscany at sunset, a glass of wine or beverage of choice in hand, and the warm company of friends.
For me, it has become all of this and more. I look forward to gathering with the leaders who now make up the ever-expanding Leadership Chat Community each week, and I know that many of the friendships I have today are a direct result of the chat.
A few members of the Community who have been with us since the beginning, and who were all attending SOBCon last Spring, gathered to talk about a much larger vision, one of driving a resurgence of leadership in a grass-roots kind of way; with each of us finding our own path from which to lead.
I think that’s why one of my favorite chats over the last year was the one in May when we focused on the topic, “How to know you’re on the right path as a leader.” The “prep-post” I wrote was entitled, “Whose Path are You On?” in which I shared my experience getting into the soul-baring business we refer to as “blogging.” I talked about how three dear friends of mine forced me to a fork in the road where I had to choose a path.
I chose the path with my name on it.
It was because I chose that path that Leadership Chat came into my life. I would choose this path again in a heartbeat. As a matter of fact, I wake up and choose this path every single day.
I hope that in some way Leadership Chat has helped other leaders find their true path in leadership, or perhaps commit to it more fervently than they ever had before. I hope it has helped leaders solve problems and think of new ways to address leadership challenges. And I hope it has helped leaders expand their minds and think bigger about what it means to be a leader today.
Leadership Chat has brought a great amount of joy and a bounty of love into my life. What has it meant to you?
Please share in the comments or write a post about it and we’ll highlight it at LeadershipChat.net!
A special, virtual toast to my partner-in-crime, Steve Woodruff: I couldn’t have asked for, or been blessed with, a better “other half.” So thrilled you are traveling down this path with me, sharing your light and wisdom!
And to every single member of the Leadership Chat Community, whether you have participated in one chat with us or every single one of them – thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and insights. I am a better leader because of you!
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Photo is Sunset Over Rolling Tuscan Hills Villa Vineyard by Chase Lindberg Photography