11.10.2008

Skill Assessment: The New Three Giant Jumps




I had the ultra-cool experience of keynoting the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils State Conference this morning in the beautiful Performing Arts Center on campus in Jenks, Oklahoma. PDC Productions out of Norman, Oklahoma provided the Audio/Visual support and did a great job. The 1,500 student council officers and members provided the energy and we had a powerful 45-minutes.


I put together a new "3 Giant Jumps" message for the program and here they are...


[Programming Note - The 3 Giant Jumps speaks to three big moves good student leaders need to make to become great student leaders.]


Jump #1 - Go from Concerned to Consumed


Good leaders are concerned with being a leader and everything that goes along with it. Great leaders are absolutely consumed with it. They constantly think about how they can serve others, make things better, create greatness, etc. This consumed attitude allows great leaders to create amazing things that lead to remarkable results.


Jump #2 - Go from "I am" to "I create"


Good leaders know who they are. They are very self-aware. They have a ton of language for how they are built. Great leaders not only know who they are, they also intimately know what they create. Not only do they know what they create, they also place a good amount of their identity on what they create. They are consumed with creating value, making things happen and leaving a legacy.


Jump #3 - Go from an Obligation to a Privilege


Good leaders feel obligated to lead. They take responsibility for not only the conditions of their own life, but for the conditions of those around them. Great leaders don't just see their leadership duties as an obligation (something they have to do), they see them as a privilege (something they get to do). This mindset creates a greater enthusiasm and a stronger commitment towards the responsibility of leadership. Great leaders view their work as a joy, not as a job.

1 comment:

Karl Edwards said...

Thanks for the post. I found your three distinctions insightful and encouraging.

What's more they can't be faked. So many leaders try to do what I call, "technique" their way to effectiveness. Apply principles that work for others without believing in them themselves.

Congrats on the successful keynote!