Is there a bigger leadership lie than the one that says leadership is about the leader?
He has to be front and center. He has to be known. And he has to get the credit.
That’s what we’ve been told for so long. It’s what has destroyed the leadership position.
Leadership isn’t about YOU, the leader.
You may be casting the vision. You may be leading the charge. Or you may be the one giving direction.
All of these actions can make it seem like you’re the one leadership is about. You’d be drawing the wrong conclusion.
Leadership doesn’t revolve around the leader. Leadership should revolve around those being led.
Why We Think Leadership Is About The Leader
In recent history, leaders have become the face of the organization. They talk about what’s going on and they cast the vision. Read more...
No man is an island. And no leader leads alone.
Every leader has the responsibility to fill his team with players who will take the organization to the next level.
Too often, we see leaders fill their teams with yes men or people just like themselves. There’s no diversity to their teams.
The lack of diversity also leads to another problem: Creativity will be limited.
I like what Brian Dodd says in his book The 2-Minute Leader:
Wise leaders don’t seek out people who are just like them. If someone doesn’t fit your mold, that is probably a very good thing.
Why Your Clones Aren’t Good
We want to be around people who are like us. They bring us comfort and we know how to relate to them.
They’re just like us, after all. Read more...
There’s always one quality leaders are looking for in their followers. More than their knowledge and skills, leaders want their team members to be dependable.
They want people who will show up. On time. Where they’re needed.
But what about the leader themselves? Can they be counted on? Are they dependable?
That’s a good question. And one every leader needs to ask themselves.
Are You A Dependable Leader?
Well, are you?
John Maxwell has said:
Dependability is more than ability alone
Yes, you might be able to inspire those who are around you. You might even be able to raise the profits of your organization to unheard of levels.
But you could be missing the key to fantastic leadership. That is being dependable.
We demand it from those we lead. We tell them to be at the office at 8AM sharp. Read more...
The guest for today’s show is Dan Dwyer. Dan has spent time as an army officer and retired 10 years ago. He’s now helping guide leaders and organizations to achieve transformational results.
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Dan, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I spent 22 as an army officer. I’m a paternal twin and my twin brother still serves in the navy, he’s in his 32nd year. We were raised by our aunt and uncle.
This month will be 10 years since I took off the uniform.
Most of my focus is on leadership development at coachtoperform.com. That’s really my passion.
We’d discussed on LinkedIn about today’s topic: Leading veterans and servicemen in the workplace…
Yeah, particularly this time of the year, as leaders, we have to be mindful of some of the stressors, typically the holiday season, both at peacetime and especially the last decade plus, it’s been where suicides have increased. Read more...
I’ve spent a lot of time leading. I’ve also spent a lot of time watching great leaders lead.
Through this watching, there’s been a lot of leaders that have burned out and fizzled away.
They couldn’t see it coming, and neither could I when it happened to me.
Yet when I look back on my situation, I can see clear signs that burnout was coming.
1. Burnout happens when you believe you have to always be there: Consistency is a great quality to have in leadership. It’s also a dangerous one.
Pam and I felt like we HAD to be at the youth group every Wednesday. We even went as far as being present on Tuesdays when we went to double services.
Being at the church 3 days a week began to put a real strain on the way we felt about leading and the church. Read more...