What is Straightforward Leadership? Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. Leadership is one of the least understood concepts and yet vitally critical in all forms of society and government- perhaps this is the central cause of the strife being felt around the world.
Although leadership is certainly a form of power, it is not demarcated by power over people – rather, it is a power with people that exists as a reciprocal relationship between a leader and his/her followers (Forsyth, 2009).
Brink Thinkers can certainly be defined as Leaders who never settle- they continually learn, grow and are always willing to aid others in their quest for greatness. Brink Thinkers know that average ideas cannot lead to greatness. What can lead to greatness is Straight Forward Leadership. Sounds simple enough you say? “Straight Forward Leadership is practical, pragmatic, respectful, kind, consensus building and open to compromise” explains Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. “It’s not ideological – it’s really what we need in this country today.”
Iorio believes that the ability to lead is within most people, but “we must all work and develop that leadership.” ”No company or government that remains stagnant is going to be prosperous” she says. Growth is a key component and comes from moving forward, which requires constant change. However, as Iorio points out, change is unsettling for most people. I’ve been preaching the power of change to all of you for as long as I can remember. The world and the business community are constantly evolving and we must evolve with it. She goes on to say that only when each of us learns to lead ourselves can we be in the proper frame of mind to lead others.
It seems we are being bombarded at every turn with rhetoric about how the best is behind us and only a bleak future ahead. Negative news sells and hype and fear lead the headlines as the media spin convinces good and decent minds that the worse is yet to come. And while none of us truly know what lies ahead, the more we buy into this talk, the more we believe it, the more we feel a sense of peril. I questioned Iorio about this negativity and she fired back “Malcolm, the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well”. Of course we all want to believe her, but don’t take my word for it, you’ll need to watch for yourself as Brink Thinker Pam Iorio takes us on a journey in discovering the Five Principles of Leadership and so much more!
Time to Get Involved, Get Loud & Think on the Brink