I just returned from the first of our bi-annual meetings with the international affiliate members of Public Relations Global Network (PRGN). These meetings are always inspirational. Our now nearly 50-member network shares business leads, best practices, expertise and even recipes and travel tips from around the globe.
The spring meeting only required a short hop for me. It was hosted in Los Angeles by our Southern California affiliate, VPE PR. We inducted great new member agencies from Tokyo (Integrate Communications), Chile (RumboCierto) and Portugal (Global Press). This PRGN meeting held great personal significance for me because I was installed as the network’s new President.
The new job is definitely a thrill – and a challenge.
This position got me thinking about true leadership and the skills required. Too often, we go through our daily paces and forget that leadership requires time, effort, forethought and guidance. It doesn’t just happen on its own.
What are the qualities of a great leader? Here are five of mine:
- Listen. Good ideas can and do come from all levels of an organization.
- Delegate. If all you do is tell people what to do, colleagues will never learn how to handle responsibility on their own.
- Allow failure – safely. Make sure you don’t give them more rope than they can handle.
- Mentor. I honestly think this is the one I never seem to find enough time to do, but it’s extremely important.
- Celebrate success. At LCI’s weekly staff meeting, we ask each team member to share a great accomplishment for the week. Then, we celebrate with a round of applause.
Most importantly, don’t call me “Mr. President.” That sets up a “we” and “they” situation. In truth, as with all successful businesses, we’re a team. We are all in this together.
What leadership qualities would you add to this list? Please leave a comment below or email me directly at: [email protected].