If we really want a better world, we all have to contribute. – Malala Yousafzai
Today’s podcast is all about co-leading. This topic came about from a listener question that Kendra submitted to us via email. So yes – if you have a specific question that you’d like us to discuss in further detail, please email me with those! And Kendra, thank you for asking more about co-leading.
At Southwest Michigan First, we use the term co-leading and being the “ceo of your own responsibilities” to describe the same concept. It’s really about recognizing that one leader can’t do it alone, so we need to empower all of the people on our teams to be successful.
The best example of co-leading that I can share is the working relationship that I have with my assistant Cynthia Hernandez. Unlike a lot of people with a similar title, she has profit and loss responsibilities, she leads teams that I serve on, she has full authority to act on behalf of my office when necessary. We are always on the same side of the table together and we are always about serving each other.
Co-leading is about mutual shared accountability. We are accountable to each other, but together, we are also accountable to the team, board of directors and the constituencies that we serve.
Take a listen to learn more about how we co-lead at Southwest Michigan First and how you can make this work for your leadership.
Question: How are you co-leading right now? What steps can you take to bring co-leading to your organization or team in an even bigger way?