The Art of Leadership Toronto 2014

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 09:25 am

If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you’ll know of my love for The Art Of‘s speaker series, covering topics like marketing, sales and small business savvy. They speak to someone like me who’s constantly transitioning from dabbling in hobbies to making them viable businesses, with all the bumps and snags along the way.

I remember going to my very first The Art of Marketing in 2011, coming out feeling like my mind opened up to an entirely new set of possibilities—I couldn’t wait to get home and apply some of the new things I learned… things that helped me expand from a blogger without a clue in downtown Toronto to a man with stories to tell today.

And today’s story is one that I hope will get you to take the very same steps in your life.

The Art of Leadership Toronto 2013

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 09:50 am

Sadly, I had to miss The Art of Small Business due to some scheduling conflicts with work, but I’m tempting the fates (and Sarah’s due date) by hoping to make it to The Art of Leadership!

They say that some people are born natural leaders. While true, it shouldn’t discourage others from striving to lead if they feel so inclined. We’re all innately good at something (whether we know it or not), but many of the things we do in life need to be learned. In fact, it’s a common belief that power best suits those who didn’t seek it in the first place. Just look at George Washington, who didn’t even want the position in the first place, refusing to be made king of the new country; LOST‘s Jack Shepard who becomes the de facto leader after the other characters begin seeking his advice on all matters and treating him as such; or even Prince Albert, Duke of York, as popularized by The King’s Speech, who would have liked nothing more than to live quietly with his nice family, but came into power after his brother Edward VIII turned out to be a complete screwup.

Sure, not everyone is meant to lead, but much like the lessons we take from other areas of discipline (which The Art Of presents with events such as The Art of Marketing and last year’s The Art of Leadership), it doesn’t mean we can’t learn from other leaders.

A fact that The Art Of thoroughly supports with their next instalment of The Art of Leadership!