I am so excited for this week. One of my favorite all-time business authors, Steve Farber, is hosting his Extreme Leadership Summit next weekend. There are some amazing speakers lined up: including Farber, there will be extreme leaders such as Tommy Spaulding, Liz Strauss, Jay Jay French, Simon Billsberry, Sally Hogshead, Loren Slocum, and Brian Mayne (to name a few).
So what makes an extreme leader (as opposed to the generic, run-of-the-mill leader)? Well, anyone who's ever read Farber knows what it takes: love, energy, audacity, and proof, for starters. They know it's someone who is tuned in to his or her frequency and has cranked up the volume. It's somebody who embraces the risks of the wipe-out to follow their calling. It's one who "does what they loved in the service of those who love what they do." An extreme leader is not afraid to develop others to the point they are greater than himself/herself.
But at their core, it comes down to this: an extreme leader is one who is called to change the world.
Tall order? Definitely. Impossible? Only if we let it be. In case you haven't noticed, our world (big 'W' or little 'w' - your choice) has a lot of issues. And it needs to be changed for the better. And it needs committed individuals in business, education, religion, environment, and family... individuals who feel called to change the world.
More than the amazing speakers, I'm excited to meet the dozens of other people who felt compelled to head to San Diego for a weekend... if for no other reason, they want to change the world.