Leadership: The Host with the Most
This week I was in a meeting at the headquarters of an international sporting brand, having a conversation with some very inspiring people about leadership. We were talking about a range of questions around leadership, and especially this one:
How do great leaders make others feel?
I was thinking about what an astute observer mentioned when I had spoken about a superstar connector, Ineke. Ineke had introduced herself, and a group of people to one another with enviable grace and warmth. On mentioning this to a consultant friend, she said;
‘The trick is to imagine yourself the host of the party.’
No matter where you are, if you think about making others feel comfortable, and connecting people with one another, you are leading.
What makes a great leader?
In this meeting with a very talented HR professional, and a highly regarded leadership coach, we were talking about what makes great leaders. It was this idea of being a great host (or hostess/’hostess with the mostest’) that resonated with everyone.
The great host/leader:
- Notices the comfort of others
- Directs the tone of proceedings
- Lets everyone know where things are, and when they will happen
- Is in the present moment