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OPEN DOOR LEADERS: OpportunityCreators BY BILL TREASURER I recently got schooled in leadership by my 5-year-old son. It was a bit surprising because I make my living leading leadership development workshops. My 5-year-old son Ian is a preschooler at The Asheville Montessori School in Asheville, NC, where we live. Each Monday, his teachers pick one person to be the “Class Leader” for the day. One sunny afternoon, Ian came bounding up the stairs proclaiming, “Guess what, Daddy? I got to be the Class Leader today!” “Really? Class Leader? That’s a big deal, little buddy. What did you get to do as the Class Leader?” Ian’s answer was simple, funny and, in its own way, profound. “I got to open doors for people!” With seven simple words, Ian cut through two decades of work as a practitioner of leadership development. Leaders are simply creators of opportunity for others: They open doors for people. Think for a moment about a leader whom you greatly admire. Pick someone who has actually led you. What do you admire about him or her? Did he open a door to an opportunity where you could grow your skills, such as asking you to lead a highprofile project? Did she give you candid feedback that caused you to see yourself in a different and more honest way? Did he build your confidence by asking for your perspective, input and ideas? What doors did he open for you? My son Ian seems to have discovered a new leadership model: Open Door Leadership. Leaders advance the growth and development of those they lead when they provide opportunities that challenge, stretch and better people. Think about the leaders you’ve been led by. My bet is that Learn More A big part of a leader’s job is to provide people with opportunities to grow, progress and evolve. Open Door Leaders are opportunity-creators. the ones you admire most are the ones who left you better off than they found you by creating opportunities that helped you grow. How? By saying things like … • I want to support your growth and development. What career opportunities would you find motivating and fulfilling? • I really value your perspective. What do you think we should do about this challenge? • I need your help. What ideas do you have for advancing our goals? • I want to be a good leader for you. How can I better support you as a leader? Providing people with meaningful, skillstretching opportunities is a leader’s most important job. That’s not an overstatement. Providing people with enriching opportunities is so important that Albert Einstein once said, “All that is valuable in human society depends on the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” Einstein knew that opportunity has always been life’s most powerful motivator. People will move mountains for a leader as long as moving the mountain provides them with enriching opportunities. It’s in the pursuit of opportunities that people can try themselves, test themselves, better themselves and even find themselves. A big part of a leader’s job is to provide people with opportunities to grow, progress and evolve. Open Door Leaders are opportunity-creators. Being an Open Door Leader requires taking a genuine interest in the career growth of the people you lead. In other words, leadership isn’t about you, it’s about them. When you stay focused on understanding their career goals and aspirations, and matching those goals with opportunities that bring out their best, you’ll be a true Open Door Leader. Bill Treasurer is the author of Leaders Open Doors, which focuses on how leaders create growth through opportunity. Bill has led courage-building workshops for, among others, NASA, Accenture, CNN, PNC Bank, SPANX, Hugo Boss, Saks Fifth Avenue and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more at www.giantleapconsulting. com and The course LS103 – Your Leadership Impact is available on the AACS Online Training Center at www. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URL to learn more about this course: B E AUT YL I NK | C A N Y O U H E A R M E N O W? | 2 0 1 3 | 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4

message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
the workings of washington
Rejuvenate Your Passion for Business
The AACS Affi nity Program
Mobilizing Your Business Is a Thing of Beauty
Open Door Leaders
and then there’s compliance
Motivating Your Students
Use Your Resources
step by step
Taking Out the Mystery
beauty changes lives
Beauty School Insurance
a student’s perspective
skin care council
aacs listserve q & a
Beyond 2014
voices from the classroom
Work Smart
superstar graduates
Celebrate the Power of Being an Educator
people & places
new products & services
associate member profiles: salons
new school members
upcoming 2013-14 events
In Memory
index to advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4