Most people think leadership is about being in charge. Most people think leadership is about having all the answers and being the most intelligent person or the most qualified person in the room. The irony is that it is the complete opposite. Leadership is about empowering others to achieve things they did not think possible. Leadership is about pointing in the direction, articulating a vision of the world that does not yet exist. Then asking help from others to insure that vision happens.
And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow, solve problems and see to it that that leader’s vision comes to life the right way, a stable way and not the expedient way.
True #leadership isn’t the bastion of a few who sit at the top … We all need to step up, take the risk and put our interests second-not always-but when it counts.
Leadership is about pointing in the direction, articulating a vision of the world that does not yet exist. Then asking help from others to insure that vision happens.
Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly.
Directions are instructions given to explain how. Direction is a vision offered to explain why.
Truly human leadership protects an organization from the internal rivalries that can shatter a culture. When we have to protect ourselves from each other, the whole organization suffers. But when trust and cooperation thrive internally, we pull together and the organization grows stronger as a result.
Some in management positions operate as if they are in a tree of monkeys. They make sure that everyone at the top of the tree looking down sees only smiles. But all too often, those at the bottom looking up see only asses.
Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever’s left.
Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.
Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.
You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.
It is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great. It is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.
When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.
One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.