4 Ways To Lead Up

There are very few of us who are at the top of an organization. We all find ourselves in various positions of authority. There are people below us. Then, there are people above us.

There’s a desire to continue our upward advancement. We want to show the leaders above us that we have what it takes to sit alongside them.

We want to be able to lead up.

The question becomes: how do we lead those who are leading us? It’s the struggle we all have throughout our careers.

I want to let you know there’s good news. We can lead up and not just down. We can impact our leaders as we impact those we lead.

What does that take?

Start Small

We’ve all heard about the myth of the bull in a China shop. It’s not true (bulls in a China shop are actually very careful not to damage things -check out the video at the end of this article to see a bull in a China shop-type situation), but it provides a great illustration.

When you think of a bull in a China shop, you think of chaos, damage, mass destruction. A bull has a lot of force behind it.

So do you. As the leader of an organization, you get to point the organization in the right direction.

But what happens when you’re new to an organization? Many leaders become the bull in a China shop that actually destroys the things around us.

We start out with big changes. We know what needs to be done. We rush in to make everything just the way it should be.

How To Be A Grateful And Appreciative Leader

As a team member, feeling appreciated beyond the paycheck is important. You put a lot of effort into fulfilling your job requirements, finding things to do, and making the organization money. The daily grind can be mind-numbing.

Add to that working for a leader who doesn’t show appreciation can destroy any motivation they have to continue working hard. As the leader, it falls on you to make sure your people know that you are grateful and appreciative of their hard work.

I think back to some of my roles where I had a leader who didn’t show their appreciation. It was just demands for more output. Nary a thank you, great job, or I see you were said. At times, there were even threats despite my best efforts. 

I look back on those days and think about what I longed for as an employee. I wanted to feel appreciated.

5 Ways To Lead With Empathy

Empathy sounds like one of those touchy-feely words. It’s what those woo-woo leaders do. But it’s not.

Leading with empathy is something every leader should do. It not only endears you to your employees but it forms stronger connections between you, employees, suppliers, and more.

Why wouldn’t you want to lead with empathy?

What Is Empathy?

Some of us may have the wrong idea of empathy. We don’t understand what empathy is or how to use empathy. Let’s get clear about what empathy is.

According to the dictions, empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. That means you, as a leader, can connect with your people on an emotional level. You can share in another person’s grief, stress, anguish, frustration, and more without letting it overcome you. 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Wonka

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Many of us remember the original 1971 Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory movie based on the Roald Dahl book. What many of us don’t know is the origin of the eccentric chocolatier. 

Willy Wonka (Timothée Chalamet) brings the chocolatier back to life in a prequel conceived by Simon Farnaby and Paul King. Wonka is a musical that tells the story of how Willy Wonka became a famous chocolate maker and won the hearts of many around the world. 

Wonka dives into the young Wonka and the Chocolate Cartel he encounters as he journeys to become a great chocolate maker. 

His story is one of heartache, struggle, and eventually triumph. His journey is one many of us have taken.