THE WHAT IS: GENEROUS LEADERSHIP
At the start of this week, we met separately with three leaders of various ages: late 20s, late 40s, and late 50s. Perennials to the core. The youngest of the three is on a director-level ascent to marketing stardom while the other two are industry legends who continue to evolve creatively–one is a dot com trailblazer and the other, a visionary in the hospitality industry.
We try to set aside a few days a month to connect with leaders with whom we share an affinity, people we enjoy spending time with. Sometimes they mentor us. Sometimes we mentor them. Or, we commiserate, share a few laughs, and troubleshoot over a drink. It’s how we’ve initiated some of our greatest business partnerships, but that’s certainly not why we do it. Connecting and sharing with people in our field without an agenda (or feeling competitive or holding our best ideas close to the vest) is energizing and nourishing in a way that staying closed can’t provide.
What came to mind after these meetings were two articles. The first on age, wisdom, and the concept of the Modern Elder, written by the very wise Chip Conley whom we visited at Airbnb HQ. The second about Mean Girls vs. Includers written by the sage and soulful Lisa McCrohan. Each is an important read for both leaders who run teams and the teammates who work under them. Our favorite leaders are people who empower their teams and who are committed to building confidence and highlighting strengths, not tearing people down. If this doesn’t describe your situation at work, get out while you can. And that applies to the team leaders especially.