Podcast Show Notes with Gerry Barber
Gerry was fortunate to learn a valuable lesson as a young leader that helped to change his path. Being an eager and confident leader he volunteered to lead a team in a business simulation as part of a leadership development program. Gerry thought he knew a lot about leadership, but he didn’t know what he didn’t know. His first day was a disaster and they were pretty much dysfunctional as a team. Listen to Gerry as he tells his story and the epiphany he had that caused him to turn things around so you can use his experience to move onward and upward faster.
Tweetable Quotes and Mentions
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“Leadership and learning are indispensable of each other.” JFK told by Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“If you stop learning you are not going to be a leader for very long.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“Change is absolute and change is happening so rapidly today.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“Social media is the future of interactions for our world.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“When you learn together you become stronger together.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“Leadership is about influence.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“Realize your team brings something to the table.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“To be a great leader you need to be able to give each team member the time they need.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“Sit down and write your leadership point of view.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
“Keep business simple.” -Gerry Barber Click to Tweet
As a young leader, Gerry got the got the opportunity to participate in a four-year executive management program. The group of 30 people was split into separate teams that would compete against each other in a simulation to run all aspects of a business. Being eager and confident Gerry volunteered to lead his team for the first year. He thought he knew a lot about leadership at that time, but he didn’t know what he didn’t know. That first day he had a very difficult time. He was telling people what to do and was asking folks to do this and that and wasn’t doing some of the things that he really should do as a leader. When the team convened that day they were pretty much dysfunctional as a team. After a long night of reflection about all that went wrong he finally came to the realization that leadership is not about telling people what to do or making decisions.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do or making decisions, it’s about influence.
Advice for others
Realize your team brings something to the table and while you are the leader it’s a collective experience.
Holding him back from being an even better leader
Limited time to spend developing others.
Best Leadership Advice Received
You need to sit down and write down your leadership point of view.
Secret to Success
Living as a servant leader and putting my people first.
Best Resources in Business or Life
Books and CIAC certification, memories, mentors
email: gbarber [at] deloitte.com
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