When you read about a workshop that offers to help you build your skills around the principles of good leadership what images come to mind?
Personally I always think about someone in a power suit stood at the front of a small seminar room, rattling off from a boring looking power presentation and its all very very serious, well, because you know, we’re talking about leadership and if you want to be taken seriously as a leader then you have to be very very serious with no funny business involved *insert stern looking face here*. Please leave your smiles at the door people.
The only saving grace to these type of days is you get to look forward to being able to access that table that sits at the side of the room which has endless tea, coffee and biscuits on it, and trust me, if there aren’t chocolate digestives there is trouble. The way I see it if I there are only ‘Rich Tea’ biscuits staring back at me then I feel the host is taking me for a fool! It only then follows that Powersuit shall incur my wrath in the shape of me marking a big fat cross on their ‘How did I do?’ evaluation at the end of the day.
Then the dancing man came into my life.
‘Who is the dancing man??’ I hear you ask.
No he isn’t a guy sitting in that seminar who read my last post Dig Out Your Superhero Underwear And Let’s Dance! , decided he didn’t want to listen to the power point and Powersuit anymore, jumped on the table and started busting out some MC Hammer moves.
Although this would definitely make the day more interesting.
The dancing man is simply a bloke in a field at a festival who is dancing to the beat of his own drum, and in the process what follows below is three minutes in which the main principles of leadership are broken down and explained in a brilliant way, and in my opinion, better than any powerpoint could:
The reason I LOVE this video, other than the fact I learnt about some core leadership principles, is for two main reasons:
- It’s a great example of how simply by looking at something through a different lens (in this example, a random dancing man) you can explain concepts and principles in memorable and fun ways, which really taps into the fact that we all learn differently. For some, a power point with statistics and facts will be the best way that person takes in and retains knowledge, for others (like myself) something visual like a video with a story that I can attach the lessons and facts to is much more effective.
- It’s just a bloody brilliant clip of people loving life, dancing and not giving a sh*t and watching how that positivity spreads outwards to everyone else around. It never fails to make me smile (and I hope it brought a smile to your face too!)
Why Am Sharing This With You?
1. To highlight that if we are open to it there is so much we can constantly learn from everything and everyone around us in all different types of situations and in lots of types of ways.
2. To acknowledge that if you are in a room with others all receiving the same information, you will also each most likely take and learn something different from it. For example, just from the video you may have:
- Learnt a few things about leadership and ways to use that in your own life
- Reflected on how you personally find it best to take on new information and how you can incorporate these learning styles into your daily life.
- Reflected on how people around you might best take on information and learn best, and how to perhaps change your approach when talking to them, be that friends, family or work colleagues.
- Gone onto Youtube and watch the actual TED talk of this featured video and from that your interest was sparked and you went on to watch lots of other great TED talks that then expand your mind and challenged your thinking about lots of different interesting topics and issues
- Noted down some new dance moves that you are going to drop on the dancefloor next time you’re on a night out.
- Thought it was a crap video and would pick a Powersuit seminar anyday over watching this kind of stuff.
Whatever you take from it, good or bad, there is a lesson to be learnt about yourself or others!
3. Finally, linking back to last week’s blog post, a guy simply doing his own thing and dancing in a field led to his own ‘dance movement’ occuring within less time than it takes for your kettle to boil. That in itself is pretty bloody amazing, particularly when that probably wasn’t what he intended to do when he first started out with his array of moves.
It demonstrates that by letting go and being yourself you unconsciously give off the message to others to do the same if they so wish. If your message is positive and strong enough, and you know how to nurture those who have decided to get involved and follow you / or you have found someone with the right message and leadership style that you admire and want to follow – then you have nailed it and the world is your oyster as to what can be achieved next!
Thanks for reading,