leadership | September 16, 2013

Lessons On Leadership: Three Talks From Lavin Keynote Speakers

What does it take to be a great leader? Peter Drucker, the prolific management consultant, educator, and author, once said that: "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." So what are those "right things?" Lavin's leadership speakers offer unique and practical takeaways on this ever-timely question.

Check out these three essential leadership lessons the speakers share in their keynotes

1) "Environment drives behavior:"

  • In one of Bill Strickland's highly-requested talks, he explained that you should not only provide your team with the tools they need to succeed, but also, the tools that will make them happy and inspired to work. Improving the working environment plays a big part in that. "Environment drives behavior," he says in his speech. "Beautiful environments create beautiful people, beautiful environments create productivity, [and] by creating nurturing environments—you get innovation." This could be something as simple as putting some flowers in the office or making sure there's lots of natural light available. These simple solutions can brighten employees' moods which makes them happier, more motivated, and more productive. Strickland's inspirational leadership lesson is put into practice in the work he does with the Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC). He has been honoured with numerous awards for his success.

2) Everyday Leadership:

  • Drew Dudley thinks we've made leadership into something bigger than us, something unattainable. An upbeat speaker, Dudley shares his “lollipop moments”—when something you've done has made someone else's life fundamentally better. Leadership, he explains, should be about how many lollipop moments you can acknowledge and share every day. Dudley tells us that leadership is, at its core, about striving to act in a way that has a positive effect on your own life, and the lives of others. He shares this lesson in keynotes that are both laugh-out-loud funny and moving. His TEDx Talk, "Everyday Leadership," has been viewed over one million times and the hosts of the Advanced Selling podcast say it is "a must-listen for sales managers and company leaders in addition to top performing salespeople." (Check out the talk, embedded above). When you focus on making life better for those around you, and shift your priority as a leader away from profit and advancement and toward adding value, success will naturally follow. That, and you and your team will be more fulfilled and content with the work that you do.

3) Follow the five P's of Leadership:
  • Reggie Love has honed his leadership strategy from personal experience. A lot of it. From the competitive world of college sports to a front row seat at the White House, as President Obama’s former personal aide, Love has learned through trial, tribulation, and tumble that a great leader is someone who can lead even when others don't want to follow—especially when others don’t want to follow. How do you lead your team to success in difficult times? Love suggests you follow his tailored five P's of Leadership: Perspective, preparation, persistence, passion, and patience. Practice these five pillars, and success will follow.

This is just a sample of the great leadership speakers we represent at The Lavin Agency. To book Drew Dudley, Reggie Love, and/or Bill Strickland, contact us today! You can also browse our list of leadership speakers, or give us a call to allows us to guide you through the process of booking a great leadership speaker for your next conference or other speaking engagement.

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