As nonprofit leaders, we are not only making an impact in the lives of those we serve, but we have the opportunity to lead others within our organizations. So what does it take to be an effective leader? Rob’s guest is Tommy Spaulding who explains how we can be better at leading our teams, what an effective leader looks like and one key underrated trait we should all develop as leaders.
Tommy is a national speaker and trainer on the topic of leadership. He is also the author of three New York Times Best Selling books. Tommy is also the President of Spaulding Companies LLC, a national leadership development, consulting, coaching, and speaking organization.
Tommy describes the two different types of leaders that exist, and which type of leader one should be if they want to build a healthy team dynamic. He believes that in order to be a servant leader who genuinely cares about others, one has to heal their own heart and learn to love themselves first. Tommy offers advice to leaders who realize they need to change and shares a specific example of something they can do to show others they truly care. He explains why it is so important for leaders to be focused on their core mission and to prove they are not easily swayed by money. Tommy believes that influence “is not a part of leadership,” but that influence “is leadership.” He also shares a powerful metaphor of the extent of our influence throughout our lifetime. Finally, Tommy shares what he believes is the most powerful, yet underrated quality of leadership, and how this quality not only impacts our team but our donors as well.
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