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Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs


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This presentation was delivered by Donna Maria Coles Johnson, the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, at the 2015 Central Soapers Workshop in Kansas City, Missouri.

The presentation is entitled: "Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs."

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Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

  1. 1. Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs Central Soapers Workshop | Kansas City, MO | March 21, 2015
  2. 2. –John C. Maxwell “Leadership is influence.”
  3. 3. –Vince Lombardi “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.”
  4. 4. –John Woden, legendary basketball coach (UCLA) “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”
  5. 5. –Dee Dee Myers, former White House press secretary “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children is not.”
  6. 6. What is a leader? A leader is a vessel … who serves by creating life changing experiences … for the benefit of others
  7. 7. What is authenticity? • honest • real • transparent • reliable • genuine • heartfelt • trustworthy • good intentions • integrity
  8. 8. –Donna Maria “Authenticity is a competitive advantage.”
  9. 9. What is authentic leadership? The act of serving others … from a place of integrity
  10. 10. You are a Leader! • Who leads your product production team? • Who leads your website design team? • Who leads your customer service team? • Who leads your social media team? You may have help, but you are the leader. The buck stops with you.
  11. 11. Leadership Trifecta
  12. 12. Making it Practical • About page • Your blog and comments • Introductions • Ads • Social media bios • Business cards and other marketing collateral
  13. 13. –Dolly Parton “Type If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, then you are an excellent leader.”
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