“To be a leader means, especially, having the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who permit leaders to lead.” Max DePree
Leadership is an art. Becoming a master of that art is a long, continuous journey of constant learning, self-awareness, and investment. According to Max DePree, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.”
To help you on your continuous journey of personal and professional development, we held an interactive workshop during the Future CMO Club Summit between Future CMOs and CMO Mentors, and asked them the question: “What does it take to be the best marketing leader you can be?”
So, you want to be a marketing leader. Where to even begin?
Start by identifying a marketing leader you admire and think about why you aspire to be more like this person. Then, it’s time to ask yourself a few more questions in order to establish a vision of what you want to achieve and what kind of leader you want to be. One of the most pertinent pieces of advice our CMOs gave was to step back and view your situation from the outside looking in.
"I’ve had many good managers that have guided me - that shared experience from a past position not only makes them great friends, but amazing mentors."
Professional growth is all about learning. This week, Ed shares with his peers some of the lessons he's learned about leadership and why he's excited to be an engineer in a marketing world.