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Episode Info: ost leaders are eager to help others understand the things they do well. But it requires that you have the bravery to approach them to ask for help. There are no natural leaders. You can learn good leadership We’ve all heard someone described as a “natural born leader.” While we understand what is meant by the phrase, Johnathan and Melissa push back against the notion that some people are born with the skills needed to be leaders and others are not. Even casual observation proves it not to be true. None of us naturally know the critical skill of leading teams, having effective one on ones, conducting effective meetings, or firing someone. If that’s the case, then how did those who do those things well get that way? They learned the skill over time. Melissa and Johnathan developed their company, Raw Signal Group after years of observing the terrible leadership practices being carried out in the tech industry. They felt that not only did they have a responsibility to ensure that their personal leadership was not guilty of the same abuses they saw going on around them, but that they also had an obligation to help solve the problem industry-wide. You’ll enjoy hearing their frank perspective on how leadership can be learned, why it’s important to grow as a leader, and how anyone can do it. Leadership is not about good intentions We’ve all done it. We misspeak or forget to respond in a way that is sensitive to the diverse people and backgrounds in the room. And when we’re told how we hurt someone, we often say, “But that was not my intent.” Johnathan says "intent" is something we fall back on as a defense when what we should be doing is accepting the correction, admitting our wrong, and committing to do better next time. When we say we didn’t “intend” to do what we did, we are attempting to avoid accountability. We all have to learn how to be better humans, people who care enough to learn how to communicate with more inclusiveness and more sensitivity toward others. Leaders especially. It's a big part of what makes for a team that gels well and becomes powerfully effective - and it starts with the leader. Learn how you can and should grow in this area, on this episode. Resources & People Mentioned Mozilla Firefox Edmodo Wattpad Susan Fowler’s catalytic blog post The Netflix Culture Statement The Parenting Playbook BOOK: So You Wanna Talk About Race? BOOK: The Art Of Gathering Connect with Johnathan and Melissa Johnathan on Twitter: @Johnath Melissa on Twitter: @shappy Raw Signal Group on Twitter: @RawSignalGroup BOOK: How F*cked Up Is Your Management? Sign up for the Raw Signal Group Newsletter: Connect With Christian McCarrick and SimpleLeadership Christian on LinkedIn Christian on Twitter: @CMcCarrick Subscribe to SIMPLELEADERHIP onApple Podcasts, Spotify, Player FM, TuneIn, iHeart Radio...
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