Outside of what your vision and mission statement is for your organization, the other most crucial aspect of your leadership success depends on how you craft your leadership.

Why? Because as leaders, we are continually making decisions about the people we lead, the culture in which we are, and the strategy of how to always move forward.

So… how do we craft our leadership to meet the above decisions?

Question… Does the culture determine your leadership, or does your leadership determine the culture?

We will pause right here to let you think about it…

I believe how we answer that question will determine how we craft our leadership based on the ideas mentioned above of making decisions about the people we lead, and the strategy of moving forward.

One crucial aspect to consider is knowing who our target audience is. When we truly understand our audience, it is easy to craft our leadership. That is why it is so important to know your people. Knowing your people allows you, as the leader, to have a more significant influence with your leadership.

I have always thought of crafting your leadership as to “whittling.” I can remember my grandfather whittling a stick with his pocket knife, really never knowing what the end product would be until it was finished. As I think about the comparison, I see that he was making a decision about what he wanted to do with the stick he had. It was amazing to see some of the “crafting” he did.

In the end, he determined what he wanted to craft out of a stick. With that being said, I’ll answer the question above… I believe it is the same for us in our leadership, we determine our culture based on our leadership decisions. As a leader, I want to help define the culture, not the other way around. The only way we can do that is to continually craft our leadership to meet that challenge.

It’s been a long time since I found a stick to sit and whittle. I just might do that this weekend.

Go be a great educator and leader today… Our future needs it…

Remember… Think Leadership and Be For Others

©2020 J Clay Norton

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