I am a strong believer that anyone can lead from wherever they are. An event coordinator, meeting planner, or director of events, all can lead no matter what their position may be. However, there are two types of so called leaders, only one of which will last a lifetime. Which one are you?
Is it all about you?
Are you a person that will do everything it takes to get to the top? Do you stay up late to perfect your events for the mere purpose of getting attention for yourself? Do you jump ship as soon as things get a little rocky in the workplace? These are characteristics of you leading one person…yourself. Everything that you do, only ultimately benefits you. There is nothing wrong with this scenario, many event planners are out to gain the glory for themselves. However, some managers and directors must be careful if they have employees that they manage, as these work relationships might not be as fruitful, since they are only out for themselves and not really looking out for the benefit of the employee.
Is it about the legacy?
Do you think about the bigger-picture? Do you dream about a vision for a better industry for event planners? Do you help and assist those that are above and beneath you for the benefit of them? These are some quick characteristics of a legacy leader. Legacy leaders are leaders that think with the mind-set of changing the future. They don’t just jump ship when times get rough, they ride out the rough patches. Legacy leaders understand that the cause and what they are looking to change is far beyond themselves. Our industry needs more leaders that are looking to develop a long-term legacy. Those that have it in their minds to change this industry and will dedicate their lives doing just that.
When you are done planning events, and you look back at your career in this industry. What will you leave behind? What will be left to show that you were dedicated to the craft? This is something that we should ask ourselves, and if the answer is nothing, we should strive to change it.
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