Conventional thinking is the enemy of change | 10 leadership truths from #LinkageGILD

By Rachael Marangu on November 1, 2017


What an incredible week! 500 leaders from around the world convened for our 21st Global Institute for Leadership Development® in Palm Desert, CA, for five days of immersive learning facilitated by a faculty of 60 best-selling authors, thought leaders, coaches and international business leaders. We shared findings from the largest leadership research study we’ve ever conducted in our 30 years of business. Download your copy of the findings: Rethinking Leadership: The Power of Purpose.

Together, we explored the world of purposeful leadership. We heard stories of leaders from the arts, military, corporate and academia who have found their why and turned it into a broader mission to change the people, organizations and communities around them. There were countless moments that left us inspired, but we’ve boiled it down to 10 that serve as reminders of where we’ve been on this journey and the possibilities that lie ahead.

  1. Become someone worth following. Matt Norquist challenged us to think about what really matters to each of us—in leadership and in life. To do this, we must be willing to tackle big questions like what am I here for?
  2. Purpose isn’t a luxury—it’s fundamental. It’s up to each one of us to uncover our calling. GILD co-chair Richard Leider shared a 2 Minute Purpose Practice.
  3. Get curious. On purpose. There are a lot of voices in our head competing for our attention—they often trigger us to feel grandiosity or shame. These feelings can negatively impact our relationships. GILD co-chair Susan MacKenty Brady offers a practical method to manage this.
  4. Coaching is essential. It starts with asking the right questions, being patient, and really listening. GILD faculty Michael Bungay Stanier offers tools to get started.
  5. The work of a leader is to create more leaders. What happens when we challenge ourselves to think differently about leadership development? Warren Bennis Award winner Tom Kolditz explains a one-of-a-kind leadership experience.
  6. Leaders make culture. Culture generates energy, innovation and happiness—and is built on shared values, a vision for the future, trust, and letting everyone else make decisions. GILD faculty Jim Estill explores the impact of culture.
  7. Listen to your people. The answer to whatever is troubling your company is inside your company—that’s where the innovation will come from. Bill Strickland shares words of wisdom.
  8. Conventional thinking is the enemy of change. We must look it in the eye–and tackle it from the perspective of here’s what’s holding us back. Here are 50 reasons we can (and can’t) change.
  9. Cultural differences matter. Understanding cultural context across eight scales will help improve a leader’s effectiveness as he/she engages those around him/her. Erin Meyer reminded us that we tend to evaluate things from our own cultural lens.
  10. Your journey as a leader is from execution to empowerment. Give up the role of executing—you can’t get to second base when your foot is still on first base. Empower someone else. Hear more pearls from Carla.

Which moment resonated most with you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Mark your calendars for 2018! Join us September 30–October 5 for your own GILD experience.

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

About Rachael Marangu

Rachael Marangu is the Director of Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership Solutions and oversees the creation of Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development®. Working alongside practitioners, faculty, and outside partners to design, develop, and deliver Linkage’s signature leadership event, Rachael strives to inspire leaders to commit to purposeful living, professionally and personally.
5 comments on “Conventional thinking is the enemy of change | 10 leadership truths from #LinkageGILD
  1. It was a great conference, a lot of good material that I am able to take back and apply to help me in becoming a better leader for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County, Inc. I was inspired by all of the speakers you all had each day. Each of them left me with something that I can use. Our team leader Charles Morrow was outstanding! He kept us engaged during each of our sessions. Thank you for selecting me to attend It was truly the best conference I ever attended!

  2. Duane Reynolds says:

    The 2017 GILD was a truly transformational experience for me, personally and professionally. The Keynote Speakers were all phenomenal presenters of meaningful content that both challenged and inspired me. The interactions with my fellow GILD attendees was genuine and authentic.

    I especially gained so many amazing insights from our Learning Team Leader and my colleagues, throughout the week. We grew closer and trusted each other more and more as the week progressed.

    By the end of the week, I felt like we were more like family than group participants.
    GILD has forever changed my life and helped me dig deeper into “Why I Lead” My answer: I LEAD to ensure that Boys & Girls Club Board Members, CEO’s, and Professional Staff are inspired by my passion for our Mission to “Inspire the next generation of the youth we serve, to realize their fullest potential and to know that they have a Great Future ahead of them”.

    Thank you to Rachael and all of the GILD Faculty for reveling this to me!

    • Rachael Marangu says:

      Duane and Don – you (and leaders like you) are positioned to have a greater impact than you may realize! By leading with purpose, your impact today will become your legacy tomorrow. We can’t wait to see what comes next for the Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County, Inc.
      #ILeadTo serve as your fellow traveler on the journey to Purposeful Leadership!

  3. Nina Kuznetsova says:

    Thank you very much for interesting and inspirational time at GILD 2017. It was a great opportunity to listen, learn, share and grow, see new perspectives and possibilities, meet fabulous people and make valuable professional contacts. GILD 2017 was a great success!

  4. Joey Buitendag says:

    Thank you for a very interesting, inspirational and informative conference… this was one of the best leadership programs I have attended! I will take the tools to become a leader with purpose with me for the rest of my life. GILD2017 was great!

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