Notes from Connie Podesta at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast

May 26, 2010

Similar to how I shared my notes and what I learned from the Catalyst West Leadership Conference last month, I plan to do the same with the Chick-fil-A Leadercast over the next couple of weeks.

We had lots of great speakers at this year's Chick-fil-A Leadercast, and Connie Podesta was our opening morning speaker.

I didn't catch all of her talk because I was helping with registration and IT support for our webcast, but here's some good thoughts Connie shared:

Leadership comes out when your life is so far from what you had planned – This might not be specific to the workplace, but I believe it is true.  Leadership is the ability we've got to use when we don't know what to do.  It's what we rely on when we're lost, confused, and having to find out way on our own. 

Leaders learn to lean on their leadership ability when they are outside of their comfort zone (which can be often).  It's how they adapt, grow and become someone who can make it happen in the situation with the resources they have.

We're all on stage every single day of our life – One thing I learned early in my life is that people are always watching a leader.  They are always watching to see if what you do and what you say match up.  It's almost a subconscious thing people do when they see a leader.  They ask, "Are you for real?" "or you a fake?" "Can I trust you?" 

People ask these things and they're looking for ways that you might be a fake and not be sincere.  That's why it is so important for leaders to have a solid character filled with integrity: so that what they say and do match up.

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Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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