RECOGNIZING A LEADER is a worldwide movement to recognize a leader who embodies the kind of leadership that the 21st Century deserves.
RECOGNIZING A LEADER can be as private (just a letter or email) or as public (posting to your Facebook page or joining The RECOGNIZING A LEADER Facebook group) as you choose. This grassroots movement invites to step outside our busy schedules and recognize the special, influential leaders in our lives, who are making the world a better place.
Not every leader that you choose to “recognize” has to be someone who holds the title of manager in
an organization. It might be that you choose to recognize someone who holds no position of authority,
but nevertheless is making the world a better place. You might recognize a leader who was ahead of his
or her time years ago and whose effort and sacrifice has made a difference for you many years later.
The important thing is that by recognizing a leader who has made a difference for you, you not only
acknowledge their contribution, but also you gain an additional perspective on your own life.
Who started RECOGNIZING A LEADER?
RECOGNIZING A LEADER is inspired by The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management, the latest book from internationally known speaker and author Steve Denning.
Read more about why Steve started RECOGNIZING A LEADER here.
How do I participate?
There are a number of ways to get involved in RECOGNIZING A LEADER.
The first step is to think about one or more leaders who have made the biggest impact on your life in the workplace or in your community. Once you have made your choice, it is time to “recognize” the contribution they have made in making workplaces and communities vibrant, energizing environments that are suitable for the 21st Century.
Often we defer such recognition until it’s too late—often leaders are fighting the repressive forces
of inertia and the status quo, when a word of recognition would have helped them to keep going. Once
you have decided who you would like to “recognize”, it’s time to decide how you want to go about
How do I recognize leaders?
There are no rules for how you have to recognize the leaders on your list, but here are a few
- Take the leader to lunch or coffee
- Write a letter to him or her
- Make a phone call
- Make a donation to a charity in the leader’s name
More public ways to notice those who made the difference for you include:
- Post a note on your Facebook account titled
“RECOGNIZINGALEADER” and tag the leader
or leaders that you want to recognize.
- Join RECOGNIZING A LEADER Facebook Group
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- Write a blog post about a leader those who has
impacted your workplace or community.
- Broadcast your leaders on Twitter with a link to a
blog post about why you made those choices
- Follow RECOGNIZING A LEADER on Twitter at www.twitter.com/recognizingaleader
How do I describe RECOGNIZING A LEADER to friends and colleagues in an email?
RECOGNIZING A LEADER is just beginning. There will be people who do not know what it is or how it originated. Since much of the success of this movement is tied to people’s willingness to spread the word and continue to recognize other people after they themselves have been recognized, it is important for you to let them know that you’re recognizing them as part of a movement to RECOGNIZE LEADERS. Here is sample text that you are welcome to include:
“RECOGNIZING A LEADER is a worldwide movement to recognize leaders who are making the workplace and the community a better place. Recognizing these people can be as private (just a letter or email) or as public (posting to your Facebook page or joining RECOGNIZING A LEADER Facebook group) as you choose, but the movement is meant to encourage us to step outside our busy schedules and recognize the, influential leaders in our lives who are making the world fit for the 21st Century. By recognizing those who have made a difference for you, you not only acknowledge their contribution, but you may gain a new perspective on your own leadership journey. If you are recognized, you are encouraged to continue the movement by recognizing leaders in your life!”