Natural-born leader?

It’s been a while since I’ve returned to this blog. It’s not that I didn’t have anything to talk about, but I focused on another blog I started ( A different kind of personal—about losing my two sisters. So this business-related blog took a back seat for a while.

But I’m back now, and in the few months I’ve been away, a lot has changed in my life, personally and professionally. First, and truly the best thing I’ve done for myself in many years, is that I’ve started exercising, again, regularly. Well, I really can’t say that in past years I exercised regularly, except for maybe a brief period from year 2000 to 2001. But this time, it’s stuck, and taken hold, and I am so much more conscious about getting my 30 minutes in each day. (Hey Alice Templeton, if you are reading this…it’s become a habit with me now. Remember at that one SDA convention when you told me at some point exercising will become a habit? You were right; thank you!) So yes, pretty much every Monday through Friday I get up about 4:00am and do 30 minutes of exercise. What a difference that makes—on my overall body, on my mental health, on enabling me to not stress over the little things, whether at work or at home.

And the second major change? I am now serving as the President of the Seattle Chapter SDA. The Nominating Committee called me and said they have someone running for President-elect, and would I run for President. It didn’t take me long to think that one through (Pres-elect has three committed years; I only have two). So here I am, almost a month into my presidential term. And you know what? It feels good. It really does, even though I had been there, done that, serving as the chapter president way, way back in 1987.

So, I’m in a focused leadership role, again, and I’m on the right track. And I started that track even before I knew I was going to run as Chapter President. I did. And you know one of the things I did to get me back on the leadership track? I attended a webinar by Dr. Tasha Eurich. She’s also written a book, “Bankable Leadership.” And after that webinar, I went to her website,, and then I took the free leadership assessment (click the “Assessment (Beta)” link on the website) to find out how I view myself as a leader, plus how at least five other people viewed me as a leader.  The results arrived, and I’m going to use that, plus what’s in Dr. T’s book (which I bought right after the webinar), to make sure I am an effective leader this coming SDA year.

“Effective” isn’t a very helpful description when it comes to qualifying leaders as that. That word can mean different things to different people. I like Dr. T’s way of thinking better, which is (from her website) “Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom-Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both. People or Results? You Don’t Have to Choose!”

So anyway, my point in this blog is to set the path for some of my next blogs, which is to say that I plan on sharing how my presidential-leadership term goes. Yes, I’m actually going to try some of Dr. T’s methods to try to get me in the middle zone of the Bankable Leadership scale, instead of leaning heavily to the right or to the left. Her example: If you are to the far left of that scale, you are like Michael, the manager from the TV show, “The Office.” (You know him, right?)  And if you are to the far right of that scale, you are like Miranda, from the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” (do you know her?). See the difference when it comes to leading a team?  Those two characters make such a dynamic visual—heck, I could probably keep my leadership self in check just by being conscious of who I’m being in any situation.

According to the results of my Bankable Leadership Assessment, I was surprised that some people ranked me as leaning a bit toward Michael (to the left), when I always pictured myself as way more like Miranda (to the right; not as full-on extreme as Miranda, but definitely leaning towards her. That’s pretty scary!)

So I’m going to work on my bankable leadership (using the Seattle Chapter as my practice group—sorry, chapter members!). And I plan on sharing my “become a better leader” journey with you.  Stay tuned.

Hey, if you’ve taken that Assessment from Dr. T’s site, I’d be interested in hearing your results (doesn’t have to be detailed)—just whether you are more like Michael or more like Miranda.


One thought on “Natural-born leader?

  1. So far, your leadership skills have been excellent! I am especially impressed with your three-legged stool approach and inclusion of everyone. I’ll have to check out your tips.


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