May 14, 2019 by Tony Chapman
Over the last couple of months I’ve been writing a series of articles for The Examiner newspaper. The articles focus on leadership, and are set in the context of the Federal Election campaign.
My natural leadership approach is that of someone who goes quietly about his business and prefers to be behind-the-scenes, so choosing to do these articles wasn’t a minor decision. It meant putting myself out there a bit more… which came with a corresponding degree of discomfort.
Okay – that’s an understatement – it totally freaked me out!
But one of our values at SRA is courage… so I took a deep breathe, and said yes. And despite a few restless nights, I’ve actually enjoyed the challenge.
Throughout the articles I’ve shared aspects of what I consider to be a good leader. These include:
- Strength of conviction
- Role modeling desired behaviours
- Good character
- Ability to have the difficult conversations
- Drive, and the ability to get things done
The team at SRA love Tasmania. As a business, we exist to help unlock the potential of people… of leaders… and of organisations. This series of articles gives us the opportunity to take that a step further, and think about unlocking the potential of our region and our state. How awesome would it be if each of us took a more active leadership role in the community?
So I have a challenge for you.
What’s one thing you can do to take on a greater leadership role, and make a positive impact in our community?
For some, the answer may be obvious. But if you’re stuck for ideas, perhaps you could:
- Coach your kids’ sports team;
- Organise a group to participate in a regular physical activity (eg a group of people that goes cycling or walking together);
- Launch that business you’ve been thinking about;
- Initiate some sort of regular social connection for a specific group of people;
- Volunteer at your local Vinnies store for a few hours of a Saturday… and convince a friend to do it with you.
There are so many ways you can be an Everyday Leader.
Whatever you do, play to your strengths and your passions. In doing do, you’ll inspire others to do likewise and grow their own impact within our community.
And as Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
Tony Chapman is a Director of SRA Corporate Change, as well as a mentor, coach, facilitator and senior consultant.