What if leadership is mostly about paying attention? In this episode, Trisha and Jim engage in a thought-provoking conversation with their remarkable guest, Ann Kansfield. Ann delves into her personal experiences with leadership and the importance of focus and attentiveness plays.
A primary task of leadership is to direct attention for ourselves and those we lead. At the same time, in today’s world, paying attention is hard and sustaining attention in the face of distractions and anxiety is even harder. Listen as they discuss the simple but complex leadership principle in this conversation: We lead when we are able to focus our attention on what really matters and then help others to do the same in pursuit of a mission or task.
Ann Kansfield, along with her wife Jennifer, serves as a pastor at Greenpoint Reform Church in Brooklyn, New York, and as a staff chaplain for the FDNY. Ann’s journey, which you can read about in her book “Be the Brave One”, inspires others to live fully as their authentic selves.
- Understand the crucial role of attention in effective leadership.
- Recognize the importance of reflection and self awareness in managing attention.
- Explore the significance of building effective teams and fostering trust.
- Emphasize the value of routine in enhancing focus and productivity.