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OPEN DOOR LEADERS:
BY BILL TREASURER
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
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
A big part of a leader’s
job is to provide people
with opportunities to
grow, progress and evolve.
Open Door Leaders are
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
• 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
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 www.leadersopendoors.com.
The course LS103 – Your Leadership Impact is available on the AACS Online Training Center at www.
aacstraining.org. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URL
to learn more about this course: http://bit.ly/BeautyLinkLS103.
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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
voices from the classroom
Celebrate the Power of Being an Educator
people & places
new products & services
associate member profiles: salons
new school members
upcoming 2013-14 events
index to advertisers
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