Far too often I meet an individual who – whether they confess openly or not – believes they must be someone else to be a good leader. This is sad. It breaks my heart.
We are a proud, free people in this society. Why then do we allow this form of individual bondage to exist in our collective presence? Individual impact is freed when one breaks through the barrier of judgment and pride.
Brent’s personal brand is “I Challenge People to Succeed.” Brent is a knowledgeable, talented Chief Financial Officer. So, you may find that brand a bit surprising. Let me tell you how it looks.
Her manager was on vacation. She depended on her manager when these sort of technical problems arose. Her manager always knew what to do. This problem was a big one in Lisa’s eyes. She had no choice. She had to take it to her manager’s boss; Brent.
Lisa explained the problem to Brent and asked if he knew how to fix it. He said, “No.” However, he expressed faith in her ability to figure it out if she would just sit down, think it through, and come back with her thoughts. And that she did.
Brent told me about how Lisa came back with the solution – the solution she found on her own. This was a confidence-building success for her. She had met a challenge. I looked at Brent and asked, “You never told her you knew the solution did you?” He responded, “No. That’s not what’s important.”
Please hear me; this is the impact of Brent’s brand as a leader. This story illustrates Brent’s brand of love. The more aware you become of your brand of love as a leader, the more things work together in pushing that love out into the world. Brent is comfortable – yes, confident – in being who he is as he lives according to his brand. He is okay with who he is at his core.
Free from judgment, free from pride, he confidently acts in the guiding light of his brand. This is the impact of Brent’s love.