Leaders who get in the way create friction. Leaders who get out of the way create space. Think about some of your favorite leaders. Were they in the way? Did people have to go through or around them to get things done? Did they try to control people or outcomes? Were they micromanagers? My guess is … Continue reading 5 Reasons for Leaders to Get Out of the Way
“The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein What if you aren’t really leading anyone? Before you get too defensive, I also asked myself this question. When I did, it occurred to me that I might be a just little bit delusional. I thought of … Continue reading Why Should I Follow You?
Ever notice the word truth is often introduced by a negative versus positive modifier? The inconvenient truth. The shocking truth. The ugly truth. Why is it that so often the truth surprises us? And not in a good way. Truth is an elusive journey and an unavoidable destination. Eventually, we all arrive at the same place. … Continue reading A Leader’s Relationship to Truth
The temptation to fix. It’s hard to resist the urge to intervene. Even when we know the team needs to figure it out, there’s a part of us that wants to ride in on the white horse. Especially when we think we know what’s needed. Choose to let them grow. The temptation to mislead. Just … Continue reading 8 Temptations of Leadership
Every leader has promises to keep. Promises that are in effect the moment you step into the leadership role. The exact nature of these promises may vary somewhat based on the individual, context or culture but the important thing to remember is that these unspoken promises are very real and always active. They do not … Continue reading Leadership is a Promise Kept