Leadership Through Story And Communities is the name of the second core course of the Communication Leadership Program. The topic of this session was about leading through change and to explain it we had Project Feast invited as guest. I must say that I got inspired by its philosophy and by the work this organization is doing.
The three points that resonated with me during this class are:
- Technology could be a great tool to create community and to enhance your influence as a leader, but as Veena Prasad executive director of Project Feast said: “you can’t create something online that doesn’t already exist, without doing it first in face to face interaction”. By this I am not saying that deep human interaction can’t be done trough the use of technological devices, but there’s something about face-to-face communication that I don’t believe technology has reached yet.
- There are several types of leadership, but all they have one thing in common; you lead by example. Some leaders must not be as charismatic as we would like them to be, but I believe that their leadership could be inspiring if they are working to common goals and are being congruent. Also, as Anita Verna Crofts, instructor of this course, said: “to have influence you do your best work”.
- As a leader going through change you have to make the effort to get out of the comfort zone whether the change is coming as an internal or external force. This also means taking into consideration how things would (and have to) work smoothly if your time as a leader ends.
I must say that giving (receiving) feedback to the people you are working with and considering yourself as part of the team, will create a communication channel based on trust providing a collaborative work environment. Leading through change is a challenging task, but mastering leadership and being flexible can achieve it.