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You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader | The Essence of Leadership

I feel like I should repeat the title one more time, but I won’t. It surprises me every time I discover someone who will not exercise leadership or their voice because they don’t have a particular title. Ok, so when I started writing this post, I was only talking about the titles and leadership ability, but as I started going on, I began meshing into the essence of leadership and decided to keep the topics combined. That’s the nice thing about having my own blog and my own rules. ha ha ha

If you don’t know me personally or follow my blogs and social media pages, you may be wondering what inspired me to write on this topic. I don’t recall exactly when I became so intrigued in the topic of leadership, but it has been at least a decade since I started researching and leisurely reading more ion the topic. Actually, I have had an interest in the topic for 10 or more years, but I think the more I interacted with horrible leaders, the more I began to advocate against bad leadership. In the near future, I will once again pursue a doctorate level degree in education with an emphasis in organizational leadership. You probably didn’t want to know that, but oh wella. 

Let me switch gears to say, it pays to have an older sister who is a “professional” thrifter. My sister, Shell, has an eye for quality discounted items at the thrift store. I enjoy the deep discounts at thrift stores, but I don’t have the patience to quickly spot the best bargain. Two years ago, Shell found a 99 cent book that ended up being a fantastic addition to my professional development/leadership book collection. OOPSIE, I should probably mention that the book was intended for my mom; however, I’ve been “borrowing” it for the entire two years. Ultimately, I decided I would have better use for the book. The book, entitled, “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader” by Mark Sanborn, enhanced my knowledge base on the subject of leadership development. Without sharing too many details, this written resource has become one of my favorites.

Mark Sanborn is a “powerful storyteller” who articulates key leadership principles of “titled and untitled leaders.” Effective leaders can shape lives and careers. 

What Leadership is or is not

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Leadership is empathy.

Leadership is a behavior, not a position.

Leadership is influence, not authority.

Leadership is inspiring others to become better.

Leadership is about producing more leaders.

Leadership is NOT micromanaging.

Leadership is NOT about agreeing in private, but silent in public.

Leadership is advocating for what’s right in spite of opposition.

Leadership AIN’T for everybody. 

Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

 

“Leadership is NOT about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” Simon Sinek


15 Leadership Qualities That Make Good Leaders

(Source: TaskQue)


Want to become a GREAT leader? Here are fifteen leadership qualities that can make you a good leader.

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Confidence
  • Inspire Others
  • Commitment and Passion
  • Good Communicator
  • Decision-making Capabilities
  • Accountability
  • Delegation and Empowerment
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Empathy
  • Resilience
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Humility
  • Transparency
  • Vision and Purpose

What Role Does Leadership Play During Crisis?

Globally, we find ourselves experiencing considerable uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;  is like a bad dream that went from bad to worse in 1.3 seconds. This infectious virus has caused widespread impact on our personal and professional lives. Schools, churches, grocery shopping, large gatherings, and the workplace is not what we used to know two months ago. It’s crazy how one minute my sisters and I were finalizing plans and invites for our mom’s 70th birthday party and then the Center for Disease Control issued guidelines stating we could not gather with any more than 10 people so those plans eventually cancel.

Our school district (Elk Grove School District) led the efforts on school shutdowns. Initially, some community members thought our district overreacted, but soon other districts followed suit. So, Elk Grove district was a leader in protecting the children in our community. As a result, I have a preschooler and high school sophomore who are not in school for the remainder of the school year. Correction, as of yesterday, my sophomore has started distance learning through her school and my preschooler is now receiving weekly curriculum to help keep them academically on task. How does this relate to leadership? Thanks for asking. Without going too far off the topic, it is critical to shed light on the importance of leadership during the time of crisis. Effective leadership is necessary from our Federal and local government, school superintendent, in the workplace and through our community leaders. Actually, quality leadership is necessary within the home with parents but that is a different topic for another day. 

Essence of Leadership

I absolutely love an old 2006 video clip of General Colin Powell responding to a question about leadership. He says, “it [leadership] comes down to creating trust. General Powell mentioned how leaders should have “a clear mission statement, offer selfless service, prepare their “followers” and provide resources for those they placed in positions. If you have LESS THAN THREE MINUTES, then check out what General Powell says for yourself. Click HERE to see the brief video

LENGTHY CONCLUSION

Honestly, I could chat about leadership and related topics for a long time. I have deep admiration and appreciation for quality leaders. On the flip side,  I am DEEPLY annoyed when I see those in leadership who do not have a single key characteristic as a leader should. When I see leaders who lack empathy, have limited communication with those who they “lead” and do not have an advocating bone in their body, it annoys me. It really bothers me when I see amazing, wise and thoughtful change agents who smother their voice or their skill-set because they don’t possess certain credentials or a “leadership title.” No way. 

Is that you? Are you one of the individuals who has so much to offer, yet you won’t let your voice be heard because you aren’t in an executive leadership position? If the person I described is you, PLEASE don’t wait for someone to LEAD you to SPEAK UP for yourself. Someone is waiting on you to step into your purpose. Leadership is not only in skill-set workplace or within an organization. You can lead your community, be a leader for your church, or exercise healthy selfless leadership within your family or home. It’s not always comfortable to USE YOUR VOICE and ADVOCATE for yourself, but the time is now. 

One last thing. Earlier today, I shared Governor Gavin Newsom’s daily COVID-19 briefing with a note that said, ” I AM SO PROUD TO BE A CALIFORNIA GIRL WHO IS REPRESENTED BY THE AMAZING LEADERSHIP OF GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM!!!! (yes I used all those caps) Thank you, Governor Newsom, for focusing on health, safety, and [the] well-being of 40 million Californians. Thank you for creating an AMAZING bipartisan advisory panel to effectively and strategically address the ‘COVID-19″ induced recession.’ Thank you to our OUTSTANDING Governor for his empathy, emotional intelligence, sound guidance and moral obligation to lead our state. Governor Newsom is a change agent. California is BLESSED to have you. PERIODT (not a typo). Thank you for moving beyond politics. Thank you for your LEADERSHIP.”  

It is just nice to know California has a leader who genuinely cares about the people he serves and is doing so much to address the needs of we the people. I couldn’t write an entire thing about leadership and leave Governor Newsom’s leadership out. While I’m at it, I also think Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is a wonderful leader and will not rest until there is a solution to the devastation that is a result of the coronavirus. I don’t have to be from New York to be grateful for Governor Cuomo’s leadership. 

Whether you are a leader with a title or a leader without a title, please let your voice be heard. Maybe you are a union leader, a church leader, a community advocate or a student without a title who is passionate about positive change. Please LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! 

Be a Leader That People Follow!

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What are YOUR thoughts on leadership? Is there anything YOU would add to the list of leadership characteristics? What do you think about General Powell’s thoughts on leadership?

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Product Review: DG Natural Essentials

What’s the story behind DG Natural Essentials?

According to their website, “…DG Natural Essentials Corporations – A family owned business. [They] were previously known as Daisy’s Girls. DG Natural Essentials is a tribute to [their] mother “Daisy Lee Jennings”. She was a phenomenal woman, the essence of the virtuous woman – the vision of natural beauty…”

My Product Review

I was blessed with three products (Virtuous Body Butter, Let’s Get Crackin’ Foot Cream, and Baby Fresh Lotion Bar) from one of the DG Natural Essential co-founders, Portia Green.

I was excited when I first learned that their products were natural with ingredients like, cocoa butter, soy bean oil, essential oils, etc. It took me about a week to try the products. The results have been positive.

At times, my skin can be a bit sensitive, so I proceeded with caution.

The foot cream and body butter have a nice light fragrance with just enough thick texture.

The body butter, like the foot cream, is Rich and creamy with light essential oil fragrances like peppermint, sweet orange, and more.

The lotion bar is not as thick and has more oil. So, if you struggle with the occasional ‘ashy ankles syndrome’, like I do, then try the lotion bar.

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This is not a sponsored paid blog post. I was blessed with these amazing natural products, so I NATURALLY had to write a product review of my wonderful experience with DG Natural Essentials.

Thank you DG Natural Essentials for blessing the world with your amazing products.

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One-on-One Interview with Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin – Is School Choice the Black Choice?

In case you missed it, on April 23, 2019, Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin was in Sacramento, CA for the Education Town Hall discussing “Is School Choice the Black Choice?” Check out my previous post, “An Education Town Hall With Roland Martin and Special Guests” for the media release and other details about the event. Moments before the Town Hall, I was given the opportunity to briefly sit with Roland to discuss where his passion for the topic began and to find out the message he wants to send through his School Choice Education Town Hall events.

While in the green room with Roland, his wife Jacquie Hood Martin, and public relations guru Brittany “Britt” Parmley waiting for my moment to chat with Roland, he was working on a PBS documentary. I can say he was multi-tasking and handling business leading up to the moment he walked out into the forum.

B. LaTrice: Good Evening, Roland. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you. My name is LaTrice and I am a blogger here in Sacramento. My business name and blog is Destiny Inspired Consulting. My blog is typically a lifestyle blog where I write about motivation, lifestyle, and “slice of life” topics. The data shows the majority of my blog followers are women between the ages of 25-44; most of those are mothers. So, about tonight’s [education forum] topic, [Is] School Choice is the Black Choice, what is the message you would want to express to followers of my blog?

Roland: The first thing is understanding is about education; this is about the future of their children. The problem is that you look at what is happening all across this country with black children in our school systems. I spent a lot of time deciding exactly what I want to focus on in terms of this choice movement. Look, I went to public schools my whole life in Houston [Texas], but I went to magnet schools when I was in elementary schools and magnet school is high school. So. having those magnet schools position me for what I am doing right now. I went to school for communications. So, what I am doing right now started when I was in the 9th grade. So, I’ve done this [advocating for education] for the past 36 years. So, being able to have that type of school is critically important. You look at the reading stats and math stats; the bottom line is black children are not getting the shot they deserve. So, why should we as African Americans, with our history, turn away from a system that allows us to be able to control our education? That’s what this [school choice] is about; this is about controlling education.

I go across this country. Black parents want success for their children. We did a poll a few years ago that we commissioned Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research (President Obama’s pollster). They went out and did research. More than 70% of black parents said they would send their kids to a charter school. More than 70% of black parents said they would actually use vouchers. What does that mean? That means black parents don’t have time for all the political drama and the back and forth. They want what’s best for their children. The problem is when we’ve had this conversation about control of charter schools, is that [the conversations] they are largely led by white people and has been a white people led movement. I’ve said to the movement, you cannot have a majority of kids in public schools today who are black and brown, but you don’t have black people and brown people who are leading these efforts.

So, what I’m trying to do is talk to black people and say no, we have an opportunity to control the education of our kids, control the curriculum and control the dollars being spent. This is not about tearing down traditional public schools; they can coexist. But, we can’t be in a situation where we somehow believe that we cannot participate in these systems.

B. LaTrice: How would you encourage someone to get on board with the [school choice] movement or a mother [parent] who would want to learn more about school choice?

Roland: The first thing is for these parents. Either you have children who are in school or you might be a homeowner who will be hiring people, so you need to be able to say is that you need to be able to hire the best and the brightest. So, I want them to first say is, how am I involved with it [the movement]? If you are unhappy with the education of your child. You need to be able to say I want to put my child in the best place. If you can’t afford to put your child[ren] in public school, then we need to be saying NO, we need to control the charter schools; we are going to run those charter schools and support black-run charter schools and I encourage that. I want our children to be in the best situation possible. I want more black charter schools, but I want successful charter schools. I don’t support the failure of traditional schools and I don’t support the failure of charter schools. I want us to say that we want high quality that is working for our children. That means those women and mothers should be saying is my school doing the job. What’s the grade? What’s the proficiency rate? How many of these kids are passing? Are these kids on grade-level? If their kids are in schools where 70 and 80 percent are not on grade level, I don’t want my kid in that school. That’s where we start.

B. LaTrice: Ok, so just continue to educate themselves [on the topic of school choice]?

Roland: Yes, and learn more about it and do not accept the status quo and not have people try to make them feel bad or saying you shouldn’t be doing this. Nonsense, they should be doing this.

B. LaTrice: Awesome. Thank you for your time.

Roland: Cool. I appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Roland has posted the live stream of the “Is School Choice the Black Choice” Sacramento Town Hall Event on his YouTube channel.

Big thanks to Margaret Fortune, President/CEO of Fortune Schools for making this event happen and the special guest panelists: Pastor Tecoy Porter – Sacramento Chapter President of National Action Network, Dr. Hazel Mahone – Professor at California State University Sacramento, Larry Lee – Publisher of the Sacramento Observer, and Romel Antoine – Director of Regulatory Affairs for California Charter Schools Association.

‘School Choice is the Black Choice’ is on tour to create dialogue, awareness, and to educate black families on public school options. See the Press Release document for more information about the Assembly Bills – AB 1505, AB 1506, and AB 1507 that will be discussed along with Senate Bill – SB 756.

For more information on the topic of School Choice as it relates to the black students, families, and communities, please reach out to the following:

School Choice is the Black Choice

Fortune Schools

National Action Network – Sacramento Chapter

California Charter Schools Association

Sacramento Observer

I want to hear from you on YOUR perspective, thoughts, and understanding of the topic of School Choice. Are you a parent, educator, student, grandparent, community leader, or citizen who has feedback on this topic? I’d love to hear from you. This is an opportunity and platform where you can peacefully and respectfully share your two cents. So, I encourage you to share your thoughts and to please SHARE and REPOST this blog to create more discussion and awareness of the topic.

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