The most successful leaders are not necessarily the ones with the most charisma or money and are not always top academic achievers, but they have the innate ability to see things other people do not see and are always ready to learn from their mistakes.
This was the general consensus as the Caribbean Institute of Leadership and Coaching (CILC), along with representatives from its sponsoring companies, launched the 2019 edition of the annual Leadercast Conference at the Bridgetown branch of Courts this morning.
Managing Director of Unicomer (Barbados) Limited Trisha Tannis stated that, “Leaders are definitely not always born. I can testify to that, but somehow because of how you are socialised, raised, who your parents are, there is a seed planted that blooms once you are in the right environment.”
She also noted that one of the problems we have as a society is that, “We only recognise success, and in the process of always wanting to be on top you lose the humanity of who you are. In all honesty, some of the most successful people in life are not necessarily the top achievers, they were actually the opposite.”
Certified Business Coach with CILC Richard Dixon supported this view by noting, “It is only in failure that we realise what we need to get to the next level. If everything is working well and we are comfortable and there are no problems, we get complacent and stay where we are.”
Tannis added, “Simply having the title of ‘leader’ is actually the lowest rung of leadership. If people follow you because they are supposed to, you are not really a leader. A true leader is someone people follow owing to their credibility, buying into their vision, what they have accomplished; you do not even have to call them a leader, and the world needs to promote these people more.”
Managing Director of CILC Ian Blanchard said the conference, which is being held in Atlanta in the United States will be live streamed to audiences all over the world including Barbados, Guyana, Grenada and Belize, is Leading Healthy Teams. In discussing the theme, Blanchard statee
d that, “The challenge across the region is that we are not maximising the potential of who we are and what we have. Our people have to want more for themselves, their families, communities, companies, countries and the region as a whole, and the only way to do that is to harness the power of our individual potential together.”
He said the conference tended to attract between 160 and 190 people in Barbados, “and while that may not seem like many people, they learn lessons from the speakers that will have a significant impact on their lives and their organisations.”
Featured speakers at this year’s conference which will be shown at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on May 10 include CBS television host and Editor at Large of O magazine, Gayle King; corporate teamwork expert Patrick Lencioni; chef Marcus Samuelsson; motivational speaker Andy Stanley and Executive Director of Alpha USA, Craig Springer. The host for the event is Tripp Crosby, a comedian and film-maker who is best known for the YouTube comedy show Tripp and Tyler.