In part 2 of this episode, Charlie Mechem continues his conversation with Starbucks CEO and his good friend, Kevin Johnson. Kevin reacts and shares his insights on several more anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.
The Importance of Humor
Sharing energy and emotion really connects people, Kevin says. Because life is so short, it’s important for people to really step back and enjoy life sometimes. Especially in work environments, where things can become tense or stressful, there is nothing that uplifts spirits like humor.
Charlie takes a moment to seek Kevin’s insights on leadership outside of the context of “Total Anecdotal.” Charlie begins by discussing what he believes to be the three forms of leadership.
3 Forms of Leadership:
- Those who rule by intimidation
- Leadership by example
In the Leadership Arena
In leadership you’re “in the arena,” people are always watching and judging, Kevin says. Values are demonstrated through behaviors. In times of success great leaders don’t become arrogant, in times of adversity they don’t give up.
There are two major motivators for individuals to follow leaders, those are fear and love—love being the ideal. Leaders should use love to create strong emotional connections to their cause, ultimately inspiring those around them to gain that same connection. They should have conviction, make hard decisions, and be courageous and accountable when it comes to their decisions.
Great leadership sprouts from authenticity, compassion, and vulnerability—and of course, a little bit of humor.
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