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Leadership Academy

Mar 29

Question #2

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 11:04 AM by Angela Handran

We have all had terrible leaders and great leaders in our lives. If you have had a boss or supervisor, or anyone that has been an outstanding leader please share what he/she did that made them  a great leader and how that effected your life or your how it affected your work. 

To get you started I will give you an example of a great leader in my life:

I don't need a lot of external motivation or inspiration, I am one of those people who have this internal "thing" that motivates me. I have always been this way, even as a young child. When I re-entered the work force after having stayed home with my children for 14 years I worked for a large hotel chain as a Front Office Manager. My boss at that time was a very generous man and could see my potential and knew that I had a lot to offer. He sent me to training's, and was constantly helping me to grow my skill set. He didn't have to do any of it, he went above and beyond to help me and that motivated me to work hard for him, to show him that I was worth the time he was investing in me. I did not have a lot of work experience at that time, and it meant a lot that he believed in me. So even though I wasn't someone who needs a lot of motivation, it still inspired me to be a better employee knowing that my boss could see potential in me. He left the organization after only a year and he was replaced with someone who no one respected. He was the complete opposite, and his idea of leadership was telling everyone exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, and not in a kind way. He was demeaning, harsh, and unforgiving. This change in leadership caused high turn over, and ultimately it was the reason I left. The experience did show me just how important it is to be the type of leader that you would want to work for. 

Ok, your turn! 

Mar 18

Start With Why- Book Study

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 12:05 PM by Angela Handran

Welcome to our E-Book Study! 

"It doesn't matter what you do, it matters Why you do it."
 With a little discipline, anyone can learn to inspire. Start With Why offers an unconventional perspective that explains the reasons some leaders and organizations are more innovative, more profitable, command greater loyalties from customers and employees alike and, most importantly, are able to repeat their success over and over.  

We will be reading Start With Why over the next 4 weeks. This is a pretty quick and easy read, and one that I hope you enjoy! We will read 1-2 chapters per week and then on Friday morning I will post a discussion question and you can post comments and feedback. The schedule will be as follows: 

Read Chapter 1&2 by Friday March 18th 
Read Chapter 3 by Sunday March 25th 
Read Chapter 4 by Sunday April 1st
Read Chapter 5&6 by Sunday April 8th 

Mar 18

Question #1

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 12:04 PM by Angela Handran

We all want to figure out our “why”, so let’s start with a simple list of what inspires you. Please list 2-3 things or people that inspire you. And tell us why they inspire you. If you already know your "why" please share as well! 

I will get us started by telling you my "why". 

I am inspired when I know that what I am doing is bigger than money, bigger than making profits, or bigger than increasing a year end bonus for a Board of Directors. I am passionate about supporting my community and helping it become the very best that it can be. I truly enjoy seeing the impact that I can have on a community, and even on an individual. When someone finds their purpose in life and I have been a a part of that, I feel very fulfilled. If I can look back and know that I made a difference in the lives of those around me, I feel successful.