Leadership 2.0 – 3 More Leadership Tips: #ThrowbackThursday Inspiration










Last thursday I tweeted a leadership article I posted back in 2011.

A lot has changed since then.  Ester Mae Marketing has taken off to unbelievable places, I have become a global Startup Weekend Facilitator, and recently have become the President for the Triangle Interactive Marketing Association.  And while I still live by my old manager’s words of wisdom ” if you are a leader and you get too far ahead of the crowd, there is no one following you–by definition you aren’t a leader at all,”  I have added a few more words of wisdom to my leadership arsenal.

Here are 3 More Tips to Successful Leading:

  • Never be the smartest person in the room.  Leading doesn’t mean you know EVERYTHING, it means you help people to do their best work. Find complimentary strengths in others and always be learning.  Oh, and leave your ego at the door!
  • Process and infrastructure aren’t sexy, but they are necessary.  Being the leader means it is up to you to set your group up for success and processes get people there.  Processes offer structure, focus and repeatability.
  • Show your sensitive side once in a while.  This one is hard for me. No leader should be too emotional, but allowing people to see what moves you makes you human and allows for a better connection with your team. Vulnerability can inspire.

These are a few things I have learned in my journey. What are some of your leadership tips?

About the author

Melissa Kennedy

I am an innovative, practical problem-solver with an MBA. Pioneered one of the first social media strategic plans for a Fortune 100 company, including monthly online TV program viewed by 120,000 customers. Created a scalable channel marketing service model and established a new customer communication channel through partner web syndication. Developed marketing plan for start-up technology firm. Launched first comprehensive marketing campaign for major science and technology university's $1 Billion fund-raising effort. Award-winning performance for 15 years across functions, industries and organizations.

My passion for results goes beyond professional pursuits. I am a global facilitator and co-organizer of Startup Weekends and serve as an advocate and volunteer for many local charities including Food Bank of Central/Eastern NC, North Carolina International Affairs Council and Connected Women of North Carolina. Plus, I have served as the President for the Triangle Interactive Marketing Association,

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