Sunday, December 6, 2015

Key Leadership Strategies for Association Leaders

I received an early Christmas gift: a signed copy of Urban Meyer’s (Ohio State football coach) new book:

Above The Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season

This is a must read for association professionals and nonprofit executives.

Here are some quick excerpts:

Above the Line: Intentional. On Purpose. Skillful.


Below the Line: Impulsive. On Autopilot. Resistant.

No BCD: 
  • Blame (others). Complain (about circumstances). D (defend yourself).
The powerful leadership equation:


(Event + Response = Outcome)

The key is how you respond to an event determines the outcome.

Six elements of the R (response) factor:
R1 = Press pause.
R2 = Get your mind right.
R3 = Step up.
R4 = Adjust & adapt.
R5 = Make a difference.
R6 = Build skills.

Tim Knight (founder of a leadership development firm) shared with Meyer that leadership is the triggering factor in the Performance Pathway:

Above the Line thinking.
  • Leaders create culture.
  • Culture drives behavior.
  • Behavior produces results.
Above the Line is well worth your time and filled with ideas you can share with your board.

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