Aug 21, 2023
When you watched someone else take charge, did you ever wish you
had their leadership skills?
Maybe you questioned yourself why you can't be a more assertive
leader like them or why you can't get your team to work together
like they did.
Don't feel bad if you ever had these thoughts, as everyone has
unique leadership styles. However, only some people are comfortable
displaying their leadership style to others.
Today's episode of Int-HER-rupt is a rerun of episode 109. Our host
Linda revisits her discussion with Jordan LaSalle to help you
become comfortable with your leadership style.
Meet Your Team Member Instead of Forcing Them to Come to
Jordan has a background in teaching, and one vital thing she kept
in mind throughout her career is: Meet the student instead of
forcing the student to meet her.
People learn and work differently, so if you want to teach or lead
effectively, you must go to whoever you’re in charge
Emotional intelligence is vital to this. Be aware of the strengths
and weaknesses of your team and play to their strengths. Optimize
things for your team so you can effectively work.
the Time to Build Authentic
After she worked in teaching, Jordan transitioned to being the vice
president of education at her school. Just like she had done with
her students, she focused on building genuine connections with the
people under her.
Jordan did an exercise where she had everyone she worked with
create a user manual. The manual asked a few questions:
What brings out the best in me.
What brings out the worst in me.
How to work most effectively with me.
Team exercises build a relationship between you and your workers.
It also gives you an idea of effectively leading and working with
Understand Every Team Member's Role
Understand your role in the team, as well as the role of everyone
Jordan got her position while the pandemic was just beginning. She
and her team members were all worried about the future and the
Remember, the job of your teammates is not to bear your weight. As
a leader, you are supposed to be your team's pillar and source of
Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t rely on them. But focus on
supporting your team instead of having your team support
Recognize Other People’s Expertise
Yes, you may be the leader of a group or business, but you’re not
In Jordan’s career, she works with a board of experts and meets
with them frequently. Although she is in a higher position than the
other board members, she also recognizes and respects their
Jordan isn’t directly involved in everything, so listening to the
other board members and considering their insights helps her run
Don’t Be Afraid of Vulnerability
There’s a common misconception that leaders must always be strong
and never show weakness or vulnerabilities. The problem with this
is that it shows you’re not genuine.
Nobody is perfect. There is no perfect leader or team member.
Instead of constantly chasing after perfection, chase after
progress. Don’t be afraid to show your
One tool Jordan uses is language cues. Saying things like “I’m
going out on a limb” shows you’re not completely certain about what
you’ll say, but it also makes you more human and
The Three Golden Nuggets of Leadership
Surround yourself with people who challenge and inspire
Embrace who you truly are.
Be able to find humor in yourself and in situations.
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