Lift Up And Lead

Building inspired teams with impassioned leadership, by Gail Doby, ASID

How do your employees view you, as a leader or as a manager? Managers check to make sure everyone is doing their job, that quality and timeliness are maintained, that the firm is making plan and budget. Leaders inspire others to follow their vision, to achieve their very best, to go above and beyond what is expected in their drive for excellence.

Leadership begins with a vision and a passion to make that vision a reality. Your vision should inspire you and your team to stretch yourselves to achieve something deeply fulfilling, impactful, or remarkable. Think big. Don’t limit yourself just to your business. Consider how your firm could have a positive impact on your community and the world.

“Managers play an important role, but it’s leadership that makes the difference between good and great.”

Your passion will motivate your team to embrace your vision and strive to achieve it. To facilitate that, you need to empower your team to realize the vision. Let them know you believe in their ability to do great things, encourage creativity and innovation, focus on results not outputs, and reward them for their success.

It’s critical, therefore, that you have the right people in the right seats so they can make the most of their strengths. It’s also important that you set the example and not fall back into manager mode if the team encounters obstacles or glitches along the way.

“When you lead rather than manage, amazing things can happen.”

With everyone focused on common goals, your team will experience a new level of synergy, and will start to accomplish more together than they could when each was only focused on their particular duties and responsibilities. They will feel more engaged, respected, and energized. And you can devote the time that you used to spend managing to activities that will help build your business.

Join us for a panel discussion “Lift Up and Lead: Building Inspired Teams through Impassioned Leadership” with Cheryl Beachy-Stauffer, Bria Hammel, Vicky Serany, and Christi Barbour on Monday, October 21, 10am-Noon at the Suites at Market Square Seminar Room, T-1014. This panel of design professionals’ impassioned leadership skills help them achieve both professional and personal success while lifting up team members to work in their greatness. Learn their secrets for putting the right people in the right seats; how to lead and inspire your team while freeing up more time for yourself; set an inspiring vision that motivates and fulfills you and your team; and how to think beyond business to create an impact on your community and the world.

About Gail Doby

Gail Doby, ASID, is a mentor, advisor and Co-CEO who is passionate about design, experienced in business, and on a mission to help you experience a quantum leap. Her firm Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting, and its sister company, Design Success University, have been coaching interior designers to make more profit and rapidly scale their businesses since 2008.