I started the marketplace to collect stories from people I know and admire who are living diverse experiences. With the conviction that one does not need to be in a position of “leader” to influence and practice leadership, I asked my friends to clarify what they had learned. KNOW YOURSELF came first. Below you will find other highlights from the wisdom they shared, along with links to their full articles. Aminata Diop-Kunta https://prudencebushnell.com/leadership-lessons-as-an-entrepreneur-and-a-mother-in-my-twenties/ Charlie Ray https://prudencebushnell.com/6-things-my-grandmother-taught-me-about-effective-leaders Charlie … [Read more...] about Marketplace of Leadership Stories: Year End Take-a-ways
by Herman J. Cohen, Ambassador (Ret.) Four things I learned about influencing as U.S. diplomat Show an interest in the culture of the country to which you are assigned. Respect local customs for social life. Ask a lot of questions. Make local people feel important. Three behaviors I used that helped Ask questions that lead to new thinking about significant issues. Do not rush to the subject of interest. Work up to it slowly. Spend a lot of time with opposite numbers without talking business. Two challenges I faced consistently Preconceived impressions. Propaganda from Soviet and Chinese embassies One piece of advice I … [Read more...] about Lessons about Influencing as a U.S. Diplomat for Three Decades
by T Tesfaye FOUR ACTIONS I TOOK THAT HELPED ME TO INFLUENCE OTHERS 1. I prioritized building relationships. A key lesson I have learned about leadership throughout my journey is the vitalness of relationships to a leader's success. Intentionally invest in building vertical relationships–from c-level executives to the last person you manage–as well as horizontal relationships–from your colleagues to the custodian staff. You will need to call upon these people at different points in your leadership journey, and having solidified rapport early on will smoothen your process and deliver you to success. You will also get to learn a lot from each … [Read more...] about Developing Leaders as an African Woman in my Twenties
By Reverend Claire Dobbs, First United Methodist Church, Gulfport, MS Every leader has her own story and approach. I wanted to explore the wisdom of two clergy friends by asking them to respond to the same questions. This is the first of two articles. Please enjoy and learn. Leaders Need Leaders In this COVID crisis, I have been reminded of how much leaders need leaders. We never outgrow the need for a mentor. I am grateful to Prudence Bushnell for her guidance and support during this challenging season. She has invited me to share some lessons that I have learned while leading a church community during COVID 19. My computer screen saver currently reads, … [Read more...] about Seven Lessons from Leading a Mississippi Church Community During COVID-19.
BY SUE M. COBB, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Many individuals who achieve important leadership roles in business, government and philanthropic organizations, when asked about their paths to challenging and rewarding positions of influence, will include in their responses a reference to one or more ‘role models’. What is a Role Model? A role model is obviously someone to whom the person has looked to emulate successful behaviors in their chosen field. Role models can appear in most any type of group from police departments to orchestras to churches to business associations, to most any field in which practitioners communicate. They usually, but not always, relate to … [Read more...] about What are the Characteristics of an Effective ‘Role Model’?