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It’s Time to Build a Community of Leaders And feel great and special! By Vince Molinaro Imagine for a moment, if you showed up every day at work where you and your fellow leaders were truly aligned to the vision and strategy of your organization? What if there was a real sense of collaboration that enabled innovation to flourish? What if all the leaders in your organization showed up fully committed to being the best leaders they could possibly be? And what if leaders supported one another to achieve higher levels of personal and collective performance? This is what a genuine community of leaders feels like and it’s the new model of leadership that we need in our organizations today. Yet, think of your own current experience as a leader. There’s a good chance you and your fellow leaders haven’t been on the same page because strategic clarity has been low. You spend too much time working at cross-purposes. Or maybe the primary focus is on protecting turf and competing internally, silo against silo. Conflict seems to run rampant. Frustration is high, and getting anything done feels next to impossible. Or your experience may be one of sheer apathy, where there is little energy or vitality. You and your fellow leaders seem to only be going through the motions, bystanders cloaked with fancy leadership titles. It’s exhausting and often demoralizing. Whatever the experience, you may end up questioning why you ever became a leader in the first place. You also know deep down that there has to be a better way. I’m here to tell you that there is. In fact, I believe this is the real missed opportunity in organizations today. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 25 years in the leadership business it’s simply this: If you can create a strong community of leaders in your organization, it will become your ultimate differentiator. As one chief executive officer (CEO) client of mine put it recently, “If I can figure out how to get our top three layers of leadership truly aligned and engaged 29 leadership excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 04.2014


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