Leaders make everyone around them better…

Every one of us have the ability to lead in some way. It doesn’t matter if you lead a team or you just lead yourself. You have an effect on us, your colleagues, in the way you interact with us and the expectations that you have for us to succeed. You and I – all of us – have the opportunity to do our part – to help our colleagues succeed. That’s what great leaders do. They make everyone around them “better”. In his book “True North”, Bill George said “Authentic leaders not only inspire those around them, they empower them to step up and lead.”

Today, I’d encourage you to look for opportunities to help the rest of us to be better. As you do that, several things will happen: 1) You’ll open up new opportunities for positive communication and building trust, 2) You’ll find yourself seeing new possibilities for your colleagues – and for yourself, and 3) You will be helping your workplace to become an even better place to work.

How will you lead today?

Answering your questions about Aerospace as a career

Wednesday, I was privileged to host a Times of India live chat session on Aerospace Careers. The audience (1856 people attended) posed some great questions that explored not only the Aerospace business but also the impact that global economic and political climates have on the industry. We also discussed how to prepare for an Aerospace career and the positive outlook for careers in Aerospace and Defense in India.
There were some particularly good questions that touched on company culture, talent acquisition, and retention. The transcript of all these great questions is posted on the Times of India site. I hope you’ll enjoy the chat topics, as I did.

– Dave

 

It’s worth it!

Leadership is not an easy job – but it can bring great fulfillment and satisfaction. Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic and now Harvard Business professor, captured it very well when he said:

“There is no satisfaction in your professional life that can compare to this… No individual achievement can equal the pleasure of leading a group of people to achieve a worthy goal. When you cross the finish line together, all the pain and suffering you may have experienced quickly vanishes. It is replaced by a deep inner satisfaction that you made a difference.”

It’s all worth it!

– Dave