What Kind Of Leader Am I ?

Let’s get introspective for a moment. What makes you a leader? What is your leadership mantra? In today’s environment, the moniker of “leader” is toss about with much ease.  Anyone can be a leader, it’s not the title or the position of power that leads, it’s about the person.  But why? Why are some leaders and others are  not? Perhaps it’s because many step up when the opportunity to lead presents itself and in that those defining moments, a leader is born.

Or perhaps, leaders are defined by the code of conduct they live in a consistent manner, one that inspires others to follow in their path.

Leadership is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Before we can lead others, we must first lead ourselves.  We have to evaluate our core principles and values. Without a proper foundation in these areas, a leader is standing on quicksand.  We must take responsibility to know ourselves and be able to speak to a concise vision of who we are and what we wish to accomplish. Our own mantra must be based in authentic self, not a list of quotes or clichés that we read in the latest, greatest leadership book.  It’s about us.  Our mantra is personal, it’s emotional, and it is about the inner leader within.  It’s forged in experience and knowledge gained in the wisdom we have received so far as we have traveled in our journey.

Without this foundation, how would anyone follow us?  If we are not living up to our leadership philosophy, why should anyone take steps in our path? The leadership style we define has to set the tone for how we wish to impact others.

Our philosophy does not need to be the length of “War and Peace” in fact, I believe it should be short and sweet, to the point and doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination or for interruption.  We lead as we live.

 

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the Inc.com list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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  • May 23, 2012

    marthagiffen

    Good luck with your #bealeader hashtag party! Great topic! Unfortunately, I can’t be there but will be cheering you on in spirit!

  • Twitter chats are super fun and there are always gems to take away. I’ve also met some great people since everyone usually comes with the right attitude, ready to share and learn. I would love to check out this chat. Going to put it on my calendar!

  • May 23, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Hi Carol Lynn! I agree, tweetchats are a great way to learn, stretch our circle of influence and you pick up valuable tidbits. I look forward to having you tomorrow night to share with the #bealeader community. The community is a strong group with great wisdom, I know you will enjoy it.

  • May 23, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Martha! I appreciate the cheering in spirit. I do hope you will make it one of the weekly chats, #bealeader is always open on Twitter for comments and discussion as well – join in any time. Your insights would be so appreciated. Cheers!

  • May 23, 2012

    Ann Mullen

    I’ve never heard of a twitter chat before. I’ll be busy, but I wish you the best. Could you please do a little summary for a blog post, about the concept and what you took away from one of the parties? Thanks.

  • May 23, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Ann. Twitter chats are a great resource. My next blog post this week will be to discuss the benefits of Tweetchats – but I’ll summarize here. There are over 600 chats on Twitter right now, some are active and some are not. The discussions range from leadership, social media, innovation to wine ( 🙂 ) You can pick your poison so to speak on whatever topic you may desire to connect and share your opinions, knowledge. The best part of tweetchat is the networking that you do, many find new clients, contacts and partners through the tweetchats – you have the find the right niche and make your points in the discussion. I have made many contacts in several chats – #leadfromwithin #spiritchat #soulcall #tchat to name a few and it has led to new clients and new opportunities. I have a link on my page to #bealeader and if you go to that page, there is hyperlink to a list of the twitter chats currently available. I will write more in my next blog post. Thanks again, Ann.