Many years ago, Pam and I did something that seemed strange to many people. This even seemed strange to me.
We got rid of our microwave.
I know most people rely on their microwaves for a quick meal. They toss in leftovers or pop in a hot pocket and wait 2-3 minutes for their meal to be done.
We can’t do that at our house anymore. We have to warm up the oven or heat the stove burner.
We then have to wait until the food is warmed up or cooked.
This takes much longer than using the microwave. The cooking/heating time can be 5 to 10 times longer than using the quick way.
You Can’t Microwave Leadership
I’ve run across people who want to microwave themselves to leadership. They want it quick and easy.
When we last saw Superman on the big screen, he was learning the ropes of the superhero thing. In
Man of Steel, we see Henry Cavill play the caped hero. Only he’s not yet a hero.
He’s hunted by the US military. People are scared of him. And he creates a lot of chaos and damage.
And that’s where Batman Versus Superman comes in.
Bruce Wayne, better known as Batman, saw the mayhem poured out on the citizens of Metropolis. He saw this chaos and knew something had to be done.
Not only does Superman have Batman coming after him, the whole world is questioning him and his motives. Can he be trusted? Will he turn? Who is he really?
These questions and concerns led Batman, Superman, and other DC heroes into a battle that I believe is worth watching.
Every person is a leader. Or so I believe.
We are all called to lead at least one person. That person?
The First Person You Lead
You may hear varying reports on how you become a leader. One thing is certain: The first person you lead must be yourself.
It’s hard to lead others when you’re not leading yourself.
This may sound odd, but it’s true.
We have no actual control over others. We do have control of ourselves.
We tell our bodies what to do. We tell our mouths what to speak. We tell ourselves when to go to the bathroom. We tell ourselves what to eat (or not eat).
We are the only ones that can control these aspects of our lives.
How well we do these things impacts how well we can lead others.
On today’s show, I have Dr. Natasha Ganem. Dr. Ganem is a business consultant, group trainer, and keynote speaker specializing in leadership development. She is the founder and director of Lion Leadership and writer for the ROAR blog, where readers gain perspective on themselves, their organizations, and how to reach their potential at work.
https://app.mysoundwise.com/tracks/1587253787909e.mp3 Show Notes:
What else do you want listeners to know about you?
Founder and director of Lion Leadership
Lecturer at University of Georgia
Why is leadership important to you?
She is very interested in it academically
The ways organizations function and the ways people operate within that group fascinates her
It’s interesting the way one person can bring people together and have them work cohesively, especially given their varying personalities
What has your leadership journey looked like? Read more...
After years of being in a leadership position, we can forget what it was like to be on a team with someone over us.
We forget the frustrations we felt when we thought the boss was being unfair. We no longer remember what it was like to be, as some call it, a peon.
Those days are gone. And that can cause trouble.
We don’t mean to do this. But it happens.
Being away from “the action” can make us ignorant of what is happening where sales are being made, manual labor is happening, or even in church service.
That’s why I want to warn you of what you might be doing to frustrate your team.