The Haka and High Performance
As a regular keynote speaker I am always paying attention to which of the points I make during a presentation are having the biggest impact on the audience.
My most popular keynote is on the New Zealand Maori Haka and the lessons it contains for creating high performance company cultures.
There are many powerful ideas and tips embedded in the keynote, yet the impact of these various ideas seem to shift depending on what the audience is currently experiencing in their culture.
Over the past eight weeks I’ve delivered many keynotes in Europe, England, Australia and New Zealand. I noticed that one line from the Haka keynote is having immense impact. That line is: “As a leader if humility is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you”. Meaning if as a leader, you cannot bring yourself to drop your sense of self-importance or sense of status, when talking with your employees, the employees won’t follow you, and if people aren’t following you, you’re not leading anyone.
Failure to come across to your employees as being humble when leading a company culture, will guarantee you losing your full capacity to lead and inspire others.
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