The Blueprint: Building a leadership roadmap that’s as unique as you are 

What’s your leadership blueprint?

I’m not talking just about your values – or a description of how you operate at your best, on the best day – when everything is going according to plan. 

I’m talking about a roadmap of clearly defined behaviours, rituals and practices that exactly define the type of leader you want to show up as – EVERY DAY.

There’s an age old saying that we get the leaders we deserve

Maybe that’s true and it’s certainly a conversation worth exploring. But today’s conversation comes at it from a different angle, that rather than getting the leaders we deserve – which is somewhat out of our control – we become the leaders we build

And like any successful building project, it starts with a carefully considered blueprint. From the bedrock of our carefully chosen intentions, to the walls of our daily non-negotiables.

My guest on this week’s episode literally wrote the blueprint on how to do that.

Today’s Guest 

Doug Conant is the only former Fortune 500 CEO who is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator, a Top 100 Leadership Speaker, and one of the 100 Most Influential Authors in the World. 

A devoted leadership practitioner and teacher, Doug’s 45-year career has been defined by achieving high performance through an intentional commitment to studying, practicing, improving, and spreading the tenets of “leadership that works.” 

He is Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company and former Chairman of Avon Products. His Wall Street Journal bestselling book, co-authored with Amy Federman, is called ‘The Blueprint: 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights’. He is also the New York Times bestselling co-author of ‘TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments’. 

Twitter: @DougConant
LinkedIn: @DougConant

You’ll Learn

  • The importance of setting an anchoring intention as a leader – and why as leaders we’re so often thrown in the deep end with no roadmap to follow.
  • Doug’s fundamental belief that ‘Your life story is your leadership story’. 
  • Why owning that story is the key to connection, engagement and embracing your own authenticity as a leader. 
  • How to build your own personal leadership model, including creating the guiding principles that will keep you on track, every day. 
  • The power of creating a ‘practice treasury’ that you can teach to others
  • And why developing your own leadership blueprint provides the ultimate foundation for handling any change or crisis that may come your way.

My take away from this conversation seems really simple, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot since we recorded.

If leadership is the hardest and most important job on earth, then it deserves a plan. You wouldn’t build a multi-million dollar hotel without some considered thought. And yet, somehow and at all levels of society, we believe leadership should be innate. Learned the hard way. Sink or swim. Survive or die.

How different would our organisations, communities and political systems be if – before we even began the journey of leadership – we created a plan. Not about what we wanted to achieve, but instead a clear set of commitments on how we intend to show up.

Imagine the cumulative effect of that? Of all those plans in action, of all that accountability and growth. Now imagine the opposite. Feels strange right?

That’s where we are right now. That’s also an incredible opportunity to stand out.

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