Do You Have 3 Key Words to Describe Your Leadership Style?
There are lots of tests, assessments, seminars, conferences, training centers, and workbooks available today that are supposed to help you accurately identify and determine your leadership style. Many of these are very helpful, and very accurate. I've taken lots of them.
But someone asked me the other day, "With only three words, describe your leadership style." And with no hesitation, I immediately knew.
My answer: Hustle, Hungry, Humble.
Those three words have defined my leadership style for the last 20 years. I've seen this style manifested in all the different titles, roles, and leadership moments over the last several years.
In fact, those 3 words are so important to me, that my next leadership book is entitled H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle.
Obviously there is no right answer to the question, but we all must be diligent in defining, refining and living out our leadership style. A phrase that would describe my leadership style over the years: "work hard and play hard." Whatever we are doing, we give 110% and always want to deliver- an excellent result. Whether working on a brochure, programming, curriculum, or playing basketball or kickball at the office, the goal is to strive to be the best at everything we do. You must have tremendous passion for the work. Another phrase I think describes my style is "calm but intensely focused." Especially in environments like producing an event where things can be chaotic and multiple decisions have to be made instantly.
I believe this naturally flows out of my leadership style of Humble, Hungry, Hustle. Secondly, I think the honorable mention runner-up words would be Passion, Excellence, and Execution.
Try three words for yourself. It's tough, but it will help in identifying the areas of your leadership that matter the most, show up most often, and should be put into practice with the most focus and intentionality.
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