Today’s Convergence Spotlight features Brianna Robinson our smart, thoughtful, and hilarious Operations Coordinator. Brianna joined the ConvergenceCoaching® (CC, LLC) team in June 2023 and manages numerous administrative processes, including our CPE and resources. She also has taken an active administrative and moderator role in our private Client Advisor Program™ (CAP) and Leadership Development Program for Seniors and Supervisors (LDP-SS)!
Brianna is a caring, poised team member who is up for the challenge of learning something new. She brings the ability to juggle details and multiple responsibilities with grace and determination. It is my privilege to be sharing Brianna’s perspective on leadership with you:
CC, LLC: What is it about a leader that you believe makes others genuinely want to follow them?
BR: Inspiring leaders have a natural draw that makes people trust them. They are kind, willing to step up to the plate, and have an honorable quality to them. People are drawn to leaders that uplift them, lead them in a positive direction, and make them feel good.
CC, LLC: Whose leadership style do you admire most and why?
BR: Maya Angelou. She is the perfect example of a leader who uplifts those around her and amplifies marginalized voices. Despite the adversity she experienced growing up, she gained recognition as a writer, actress, director, professor, and activist. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and fought for Women's rights as well. Ms. Angelou stood in her power against critics who tried (and are still trying) to ban her literature. I admire her work and her activism.
CC, LLC: What is the most challenging part of being a leader? What is your advice for successfully overcoming this challenge?
BR: The most challenging part of being a leader is setting expectations and enforcing boundaries. In a sense, leaders are often seen as "superhuman" and, as followers, we can place leaders on a pedestal and set our own expectations for them. However, I often see all types of leaders take on way too much responsibility. Some can step up to the plate and others burn themselves out. Leaders can overcome this issue through delegating smaller tasks, setting clear expectations when delegating, and being transparent with their current load and boundaries. Boundaries are our friend, and they can manage expectations and set us up for success!
CC, LLC: Do you believe that great leaders are born or made? Why?
BR: I believe leaders can be both born and made. The Nature vs Nurture theory from basic psychology says that some individuals are natural born leaders and grow up with those skills already programmed. While others can learn to become leaders through outside forces providing them with the opportunities to learn the skills needed to lead. At ConvergenceCoaching®, we believe the latter and have seen leaders transform through coaching and leadership development programs, which is one of the reasons I joined this team!
CC, LLC: Do you have a favorite movie or book that you feel exemplifies what it means to be a great leader?
BR: The iconic 2001 film, Legally Blonde, exemplifies what it means to be a great leader. For those unfamiliar, Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon) is the stereotypical "blonde sorority socialite" type who manages to get accepted into Harvard Law School where she is constantly underestimated by her peers and professors. In the movie, Elle shows leadership through her actions and responses to the adversity and doubt she faces. She works hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA, befriends and uplifts her classmates who wrote her off, advocates for herself, and remains poised and kind to those who undermine her intelligence. She shows integrity and ownership while working with her client who is on trial for murder. She helps her hairdresser/friend to build up confidence and leave a neglectful relationship. Elle Woods showed what I consider to be great traits of a leader, someone who can lead while creating a new path and do it gracefully even when faced with obstacles.
CC, LLC: What would you like ConvergenceCoaching blog readers to know about you?
BR: I commonly get told I'm somewhat of a chameleon. I'm not sure if I should brag about that, but I definitely understand it. There's more than what meets the eye when it comes to me. I can be super goofy and crack a good dad joke or two, or three. I love a good light-hearted moment. I can also buckle down and take the lead to be a voice of guidance for my team, clients, friends and family. Having the ability to be multifaceted and ever-evolving makes life more interesting, allows me to flex for the situation, and leaves me with a lot of great stories to tell!
It is no surprise that Brianna’s light-hearted and joyful personality shines through her answers. The theme that emerges in her sharing is that when things get tough or you are faced with a difficult road, uplift your friends, family, and team. Be kind and have the courage to pave the path in a positive new direction.
Thank you, Brianna, for sharing your perspective on leadership with us!
Until next time,