A few months ago we had the privilege to serve at a multi-million dollar celebrity wedding. It was breathtaking and indescribable! Literally, we’re not allowed to describe it. Haha. While we were at the wedding, we noticed how important leadership is to an event! Whether it is a large scale celebrity wedding or a small family party, leadership is necessary to the success of an event. There were three elements of leadership that stood out to us.
The first thing we noticed is that a leader leads by example; a leader sets the tone for what is expected. If a leader wants a team with a good attitude, then they must have a good attitude. If a leader wants their team to work hard, then they better hustle. People follow what they see and not just what they are told.
Another element that we saw was initiative. A leader won’t wait around for someone to tell them what to do. They will look to see what jobs need to be done. If they can’t find any, then they will ask how they can help! At an event, there are many unknowns, but a leader takes the initiative to figure out what needs to be done in order for the event to be successful.
The third element we saw--and most underrated part of leadership--is service. A leader will make sure the people around them are being taken care of. There are many jobs at an event that are not glamorous. An example that I saw at the wedding was the scullery. This is where all of the dirty dishes go and are scraped clean. At an average event, there are large chunks of food, random sauces, and funny smells. At a large event, you can only imagine what the scullery looked like. There was a team that stepped up during dinner and did not leave the scullery until all the dishes were scraped clean and had a box to be stored in. It was not a pleasant job, but they did it because it had to be done and they wanted to take care of their client.
True leadership is not always easy, but it is important and so rewarding. A leader sees the end goal and will step up to make it happen. If you have a leader that leads by example, takes initiative, and serves others, you are on your way to a successful event!