This week I finished a paper on the importance of heart and backbone in leadership and submitted as my final assignment for the course I have been taking in Servant Leadership through the Greenleaf academy. Through my studies and experience as a leader, a speaker, and a facilitator, two key themes have emerged in terms of leadership impact: The importance of heart and backbone. I believe that today’s world lacks leaders who can connect at an emotional level, and who have the backbone to make things happen. Although seemingly opposite, they are necessary counterparts for effective and meaningful leadership. I have learned that when emotional connections are made, people become inspired. When leading with backbone, accountability and responsibility are shared, and the respect and loyalty of followers is earned. A leader who offers both will engage the hearts and commitment of others to achieve the vision and objectives at hand. This framework serves as the foundation for my personal leadership philosophy and teachings.
Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC
Author Sandra McDowell is a Certified Executive Coach with a Masters in Leadership and a Certificate in NeuroLeadership, and Vice-President Communications & Culture for First Credit Union & Insurance.