The language of leadership is about the words we choose to use as leaders. Each word we choose to use will either be heard or ignored by those around us, our followers, families, and friends, our peers, mentors, and boards. It is about how we speak and if we are heard. It is about the communication style we choose and how we listen.
Communication, especially the language of leadership, has been my focus for decades now, and I plan to make it the topic of this blog.
And, there is no better time, because in just a few short weeks, I’ll be joining the woman who I believe is the wisest person on this topic I have ever met. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I am so looking forward to spending 6 months with her in her home town of Easton PA.
My husband and sweet pooch Foxy begin the journey September 9, 2018. We’ll drive across country from San Diego, CA to Easton PA to stay in Easton near our most wonderful friend, Frances Hesselbein.
A little about Frances. Frances, is one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development. She is the namesake for The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning quarterly journal, Leader to Leader. The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum is a continuation of the organization founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. In fact, Peter Drucker said that she is the greatest leader he has ever met.
Frances was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Clinton in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.
And, this is just a brief beginning of achievements of the amazing Mrs. Hesselbein. She is so much more. She is my mentor, my family, and my guide. I hope that in sharing this journey with you that you will benefit from her wisdom and my reflections and learnings during our time together.
Thank you for reading!