We are in a time that calls for more harmony and a different type of precision and rigor that is less command and control; where leaders have the skills that allow them to foster cultures of collaboration, inspiration, and innovation. What skills are needed that help us effectively shape the exemplary leadership required for this new era? Through our work and research, we’ve found that while every leader is unique, exemplary leaders possess and lead through a combination of three critical, non-negotiable factors:
- They have grit—an uncompromising commitment to performance excellence and strategic focus
- they have gravitas—a depth of professional knowledge and competence that contributes to excellence in performance
- They have grace with the two pillars of grace: reaction management and relationship intelligence. Grace becomes their game-changer.
As leaders integrate the social-emotional skills of grace into their leadership, they will simultaneously increase the value of their grit (persistence and perseverance), and their gravitas (a depth of know-how and experience) that are critical to achieving success. Together, we will discuss how the tools and stories from our book enhance development of one’s leadership presence and the impact that flows from it.
Jane Firth, MSOD, Founder and CEO, Firth Leadership Partners, LLC
Andrea Zintz, President, Strategic Leadership Resources LLC