A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure to speak to University of Memphis students and mentors who are part of the MILE program. The Memphis Institute for Leadership Education (MILE) Program is a program within the Fogelman College of Business and Economics designed to provide additional leadership education for business students. Its specific mission is to prepare FCBE students to be future leaders in the city of Memphis through leadership development programs and mentoring.
A key part of my presentation focused on topics from my two books (Keep Swinging and Hitting the Curveballs) such as the day my business died, the summer from hell and "choosing not to participate in the recession." But I also referenced several key concepts from the book “Discover Your True North” by Bill George which included making the transformation from “I To We” in building a team as well as knowing your “Authentic Self” and understanding the value of emotional intelligence and Self-awareness.
One of the most important aspects of authentic leadership is not so much about what you know but more about what you don’t know and discovering/dealing with your “blind spots” as well as finding the right role for yourself. Finding your “True North” will not only help identify your strengths and weaknesses but ultimately make you a better leader. And what community or business in this country couldn’t benefit from having more effective leaders? That is why I feel that it is so important to start the process early as they are doing with the MILE program
Lastly, I received some really positive feedback from MILE mentors and protégés who seem to be “completely mesmerized” by my presentation and appreciated that I “kept it real” High praise indeed and very flattering! I have to say that I am looking forward to speaking at future MILE events and helping out any way I can to make this wonderful program a success for many years to come!