A frequent question leaders new and old will ask is whether or not they have to be serious. You know, they wonder if they have to have the stern face, commanding voice, and never smile.
It’s a great leadership question to ask. This is because leadership has often been portrayed as stuffy, serious business.
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There’s no doubt leadership is serious business. Serious business doesn’t mean there’s no room for a little fun.
Are Leaders Always Serious?
By the first couple of paragraphs, you already know my answer to this pressing question. No, leaders do not have to be serious all of the time.
There are times a leader needs to be serious. A leader needs to be serious when: Read more...
- he is letting a team member go
- business decisions are impacting team members
- the organization is closing its doors
Many leaders want to be super serious so they can be taken seriously. They believe the more they have a hard-nosed, get it done at any cost type of attitude, the more they’ll be respected.
This line of thinking is wrong. You don’t gain the respect of your team by being hard-nosed. You also don’t gain respect by having a get it done at any cost type of attitude.
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There’s a better, more efficient way of gaining respect. One you can do without completely alienating the ones you lead.
But how do you gain the respect of those you lead without demanding respect? You follow what I’ll share today.
Gaining The Respect Of Those You Lead
Great leaders know they can’t push people around and expect them to be respected. Rather, great leaders know they can do a select few activities and be respected. Read more...
Transitioning from a traditional team member to a team member with authority is a huge shift. So is stepping into a leadership position when you have no history with an organization.
Becoming a leader is serious business. It’s also a challenging position. Even more so when there’s a need to be serious.
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Many leaders when they step into their leadership position flip a switch. They go from the fun-loving coworker to the stern-faced boss.
This transition will turn out for the best! My will be done. My dream be accomplished!
Uhhh… Why So Serious?
Have you ever been led by one of those people described above? The one who lets their newfound power give them a big head? Maybe you were one of these leaders…
We all know leadership is serious business. We’re leading people and organizations and there are consequences to where and how we lead others. Read more...