Every so often, I hear a new concept about leadership that stops me in my tracks. Surprisingly, not until Michael Anschel last week had I heard a leader use the word “exuberance” as a catalyst for success. What fun!
Michael Anschel was our featured speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast last Friday. He’s an adventurous, outspoken, award-winning, green-building remodeler who really knows how to captivate a crowd. He brought the Seven Fs Wheel to life on stage, and helped us all discover our own meaning of exuberance to describe a good leader.
“I like to lead with the word exuberance in mind instead of ‘intensity,” Michael Anschel said with excitement in his voice: “Because exuberance means I’m all in. I might fail but that’s fine, because I did it completely,” he laughed. “I get over the fear by thinking through the consequences of failure, and then letting my exuberance carry me through.”
Today he is a thought leader in his field, largely because he lives with unrestrained enthusiasm around the idea of growing profusely.
In less than 20 minutes, he showered us with adventurous growth-topics from Shakespeare and Scooby-Doo, to traveling the Yukon, France, India, China, and Pakistan. He compared being an entrepreneur with Alpine skiing…and he thinks raising children is more adventurous than rafting 1000 miles unsupported in the Yukon. Exuberance.
Michael and I closed the meeting together handsomely adorned in our favorite pair of knickers. Why? Because he and I are working together with our friend King Bavender on the Knicker Open charity golf tournament. On June 22, more than 100 golfers will play in their knickers to support the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities. Our goal is to help the children of the Twin Cities live exuberant lives, filled with goodness! Will you join us?
Good leaders thrive because they live generously. And they overcome their fear by letting their exuberance carry them through.
Please share your favorite leadership word with me, and I’ll pass it along to our readers.