Talking About Leadership – Live with Sandi & Des
For the past several weeks, Los Angeles based leadership consultant, speaker and brand specialist Sandi Coryell and I have been co-hosting a weekly session on leadership, on the still-in-beta live streaming platform Blab.
Our conversation ranged across several aspects of leadership, including:
A book on the Presidencies of LBJ and JFK: JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents
Thomas Carlyle’s “great man” theory of history – a hero approach to leadership
JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton – achievements as Presidents along with human flaws
Confusing celebrity status with leadership
“Instinctive” and learned leadership
Sandi: “Leaders are human too.”
Neural Leadership Institute Summit in New York City, livestreamed
Coaching in leadership and the value of “microlearning” – immediate, situational, very specific.
Brain will make that coaching stick more.
Which in turn means leaders need to be alert to opportunities for such coaching – “micro-available”
Leaders being committed to superordinate goals, not thrown off course by challenges along the way.
No one is ever an absolute leader – always other people of power or influence whose views needed to be accommodated.
Leaders need to stay cool when dealing with the media and how I got it seriously wrong on one occasion.
The importance of doing the best you can do on the day and spending no time or little time going over past mistakes.
The short lifespan of CEOs of public companies – 3 years or as little as 18 months.
Women often appointed CEOs to clean up messy situations and then get even less of a lifespan as CEO: example of Carly Fiorina and the extreme examination of her stewardship at HP.
We also – somehow – got into talking about:
- hosting a mastermind session on Blab – by definition, public, whereas mastermind sessions are usually private
- public speaking, and especially interactive vs “lectern presentation” modes.
In previous sessions we have had other people “take a seat” and contribute to the conversation. This time it was just Sandi and me.
If you would like to join in a conversation about leadership – especially for the digital age – I hope you will look at joining us on Blab – it’s easy to join, just login with your Twitter account.
Sessions currently are at 5.45 pm Thursday Pacific time, which is 12.45 pm on Friday Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Sydney). We may experiment with that but you can always check the time by going to my Blab page – http://blab.im/deswalsh – and seeing what time the session is planned for on a given week.