I looked up the word leader in the dictionary.
There are many definitions of the word. The everyday use of “leader” is “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.” We think of this definition first.
However, too many so-called leaders fit the alternate definition of a leader: “a short strip of non-functioning material at each end of a reel of film or recording tape for connection to the spool.”
Don’t tell me that you haven’t had leaders that you would declare “non-functioning material.”
I’m dismayed by the leaders that are nothing more than a default connection between a group and authority. These leaders have no vision, improvise their “strategy,” and take no responsibility for the well-being of the people whose very existence makes them leaders.
Leaders -step up!
You have three responsibilities:
• Keep the main thing the main thing. If you don’t know what it is, figure it out, then center your team’s world around it.
• Coach for collaboration. People need to understand what they bring to the team and how they can maximize team connections for achievement.
• Remove the barriers between your people and the work THEY are executing. Your team isn’t puppets to be controlled or tools to extend your reach. You have a team because there is work they need to accomplish. Get all obstacles out of their way.
Great leaders are legendary. History doesn’t proclaim these leaders’ in headlines, but they’re still discussed in essential places. Places like future job interviews when someone is asked to describe their best work experience. Or at dinner tables when kids are listening to parents discuss their champion at work. The future is watching.
Will your legacy be as a leader, or just another piece of non-functioning connecting material?
You’ve got this.