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124. Reflection on the Seven C’s of a Leader

Updated: Mar 21

A couple months ago, I was attending the school governor's meeting and like most organizations it's required to do continued professional development. This comes in many forms, but the governor's meeting was used to facilitate us all working together as a group to attend a course on leadership. These seven C's were used as discussion points as to what make a good leader and how it can be used in schools and as a Governor.

  • Committed

  • Confident

  • Curious

  • Challenging

  • Collaborative

  • Critical

  • Creative

What I found most interesting was not only that each person interpreted these words differently, they are also words that come up repeatedly within leaderships discussions.

The other night I was helping out at Sea Scouts with my son and the Scouts Leader was asking the children what it meant to be a Scout and attributes they considered, come of the same words were listed by the children. They then went onto discuss the Scouts Law and upholding their oath as a Sea Scout.

The Scout Law:

A Scout is to be trusted

A Scout is loyal

A Scout is friendly and considerate

A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts (community)

A Scout has courage in all difficulties

A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property

A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

In a previous blog post about leading by example I put together this anagram of what a being a LEADER meant.


Limitations - Knowing your limitations, what your are good at, enjoy doing and how best to utilise your time. Delegate or outsource the other tasks to free up your time effectively so that you can work on profit producing activities.

Empowerment - Empowering team members by delegating responsibilities and providing them with the autonomy to make decisions within their expertise fosters a sense of ownership and motivation.

Adaptability - Effective leaders can adapt to changing circumstances and navigate through challenges. They are flexible in their approach and willing to adjust strategies as needed.

Decision-Making - Leaders are responsible for making critical decisions. They gather information, analyze options, and make informed choices that align with the organization's goals and values.

Empathy - Leaders understand the needs, concerns, and perspectives of their team members. They show empathy and compassion, which helps build trust and positive relationships.

Respect - Leaders adhere to ethical principles and act with integrity. They take responsibility for their actions and decisions and prioritize the well-being of their team or organization. Leaders address conflicts and disagreements within the team promptly and constructively. They promote a culture of respect and collaboration.

I've taken inspiration from these discussions with teachers, leaders in industry and also with executives and entrepreneurs within the Advance Innovation Society. An international networking group I was introduced to last March in Ft. Lauderale, Florida. It's interesting that within different communities these words can be used and discussed with a slightly diffent context and meaning. As I lean more into Business Strategy than being hands on in the treatment room again I use these words diffently...

Committed - Commitment to yourself, to show up regularly for yourself to achieve your goals and dreams. Commitment to be consistent in your actions so that you can achieve your success. There is no such thing as an overnight success, there are years in the making of hard work, grit and determination. Stay the course.

Confident - Have confidence in yourself and your vision to move forward even when no one else is watching. Be confident in yourself when others are supportive. Be confident in who you are and the message you have to share with the world. Everyone's journey is different and each is important, have the courage to be strong.

Curious - Be curious to learn new things to adapt from the way things have always been to achieve new results.

Challenging- Take the challenges, it is during our most challenging chapters that we grow the most.

Collaborate - With other business owners to get in front of their audiences - podcasts guesting and hosting, speaking engagements. Sharing your knowledge, your story and your expertise with others. This helps to establish your credibility as an industry leader an subject matter expert.

Critical - Time management, hold yourself accountable, put an action plan in place with a time line to achieve your goals. Keep your standards high and always listen to that inner voice - don't crowd fund your answers - you have the answers within you. Be critical of whom you spend your time with and how your spend your time.

Creative - Be your own person, stay in your own lane - you are your own secret sauce and the creator of your own life

I would love to hear from you - what do these words mean to you? What experiences have you had that can help others leaning into leadership or lessons learned that can help others grow.

Thank you for reading. If this was of value please like and share it with others in your network. ~ Diana x

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