Michael Laidler is a leadership coach and keynote speaker. We had a great Fun, Feisty, Fabulous discussion about leadership and public speaking (leaders at some point have to speak in front of people. One of the things that resonated most with me were the three C’s leaders should master.

Don’t worry if you aren’t a manager or do not have direct reports, leadership is more than that. You can apply these lessons to your family or even to yourself.

Character
Who are you? And, the answer to that question should go farther and deeper than the labels we wear (mother, boss, job title, …) What matters most to you? What do you value. Take some time and make the effort to get to know exactly who you are, what drives you, what areas do you need to improve on, what are your strengths.
This is the first C because nothing happens until you know yourself and who you are.

Courage
Once you know who you are, you need to step out on your own … and that takes courage. You must be prepared to do something different to get a different result. And something different normally carries with it some fear and trepidation. It takes courage to take a step forward and go after what you want. One of my favorite quotes says that “Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but the ability to continue in spite of fear.”

Communication
You know who you are, and you have the courage to go after what you want. Now, you need the ability to communicate your needs clearly and effectively. Communication can be one-to-one, in a small group or in front of a large audience. The ability to have the courage to share your character is the basis of communication. Whether interpersonal communication or public speaking, it is essential to your growth as a leader that you master the basics of communication.

We had a great time talking to Michael and I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to his story.


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