Leadership through Inspiration
Every organization requires leadership from all levels in order to survive, thrive and stretch. Everyday motivation stems from inspiration, case studies and real-life examples of leadership in action. The Art of Leadership Conference later this month is Toronto is jam-packed with inspirational leaders offering strategic lessons to encourage and invigorate us to take our businesses to the next level.
Inspiration and action come from learning from the best. I’ve worked with many leaders, both good and bad, and from each I’ve learned nuggets of wisdom to make me the leader I am today. I’m not an army Colonel leading thousands into battle, or an inspiration to a country building excitement and hope for current and future generations. I manage a multi-million dollar enterprise with a diverse and talented team that requires constant attention – motivating, coaching, celebrating and stretching.
I’ve been invited to attend Toronto’s Art of Leadership conference and I’m looking forward to a full day of learning. From their website, “Today’s leaders have a dynamic role – integrating people and strategy to achieve sustainability and enhance organizational performance in a challenging business environment.”
My 5 motivated reasons to attend the Art of Leadership Conference
I’m looking forward to the wit, wisdom and insight from these great leaders to pull what I can use to take my leadership to the next level. Take a look at some of the leaders who will be sharing their wisdom, motivation and skills at the Art of Leadership Conference in Toronto in November:
1. Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Retired)
I’ve attended one of Gen. Colin Powell’s talks before and am intensely looking forward to his presentation in Toronto. His oratory skills, drawing on his leadership experiences while a Four-Star General, and as US Secretary of State, promise a charismatic, passionate and powerful presentation with real-life experiences supporting strategic take-aways for everyone.
2. Col. Chris Hadfield
A Canadian legend and personal hero of mine, Chris Hadfield led a country with his unique informative, entertaining and charismatic style (while in space) proving to young Canadians that your dreams can be out of this world. As Commander of the International Space Station, he opened the pathway for millions to see inside the worlds of science, technology and life in space. I’m especially looking forward to hearing Col. Chris Hadfield tie his life leadership experiences into his motivational style.
3. Stephen J. Dubner
Author, economist and journalist, Stephen Dubner’s crazy-cool Freakonomics inspires a new way of looking at old problems. Using counterintuitive logic to break the hold on conventional wisdom, he turns old ideas upside down for new solutions. I look forward to his thought-provoking stories and insights on how I can learn to use his freaky solution solving perspective.
4. Amy Edmondson
Adapting to the fast pace of business today requires an evolving thought and leadership process to survive and thrive. Silos need to be replaced with think-tanks, individual efforts need to form the core strength of team effort. Amy Edmondson’s knowledge and insight as Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard School of Business specific to teaming and how organizations learn is so suited to the skills every business leader requires.
5. Adam Grant
New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and celebrated professor at the Wharton School of Business, Adam offers insights into how leadership skills build teams of motivated employees, develop individual talent and align teams to achieve success. Building a team to inspire innovation through collaboration improves morale, productivity and results. What organization wouldn’t love that talent pool?
How to absorb it all?
Simply put, you can’t. The life experiences amassed from this group with the business or real-world leadership will be extremely powerful and impactful. We can’t copy what they did and there’s no magic solution. But I’m hoping their stories will lead to a-ha moments, the strategies offered will give me practical applications into my real-life on-the-job leadership role and the inspiration in their successes will captivate deep recall into the future when I need inspiration to draw from.
As a PD day incentive and as a tie-in with the Art of Leadership Conference, a special offer is available for a limited time for a savings of up to $100 (purchase from 1-3 tickets – save $50 per ticket or purchase 3 or more tickets – save $100 per ticket) using the promo code TWITTERFAN32 at the time of booking.
Date: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Time: 8:45 am to 5 pm