“One of the most fundamental lessons of leadership is that if you’re a leader, it’s not about you. It’s about the people following you. The best leaders devote almost all of their energy to inspiring and enabling others. Taking care of them is a big part of this.”
As a leader of an organization, if you have not articulated your strategy, posture and culture, get them down on paper now. Only then can you align the three in order to unite your followers around the combined attitude.
Forbes published Creative Leadership: Trust. The author, Doug Guthrie, is the Dean of the George Washington University School of Business and talks about what he feels is the “most basic building block of leadership”.
You don’t trust your boss, and why should you? He micromanages your projects. His communication with you is uneven, and you’re never exactly sure what he wants. He takes credit for your ideas and successes, yet he is quick to hand out blame. He breaks promises. And sometimes he just doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Taken together, or even separately, these are good reasons to not trust your boss.
Historically, leadership success has been associated with money and power. The more you have, the more successful you are. This is a false idea of success. How many people do you know that have money and power that are also happy, ethical, and purposeful? Sure, there are a few – but only a few.
Jay Goltz published How to Diagnose What’s Wrong With Your Business in You’re the Boss, outlining the things he takes a look at when a business is struggling. The first 3 relate to Marketing, the next 3 to Management, the following 3 to Accounting & Finance, and the last one stands alone:
Ask yourself this question – If as a leader you find yourself always saying no, what does that tell you about your leadership ability? It means your vision is not understood, your team is not aligned, and your talent is not performing up to par.
He told me his motto, which is one that I’ve always lived by. He said, “The reason I needed to go was the I believe that you either lead, follow or get the fuck out of the way. I was no longer leading, so I became the problem.”