In case you missed it, this is a summary of the Leadership Success Live Podcast for June 21, 2012.
The definition of leadership is:
organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal
The key word in this definition is people. Not organizing. Not goal. Not achieving. In other words, people come first. Not the company or organization. Not machines. Not numbers. People.
When it comes down to it, leadership is a form of a relationship
- Any good relationship is built on trust, respect, truth
- It’s a leader’s responsibility for the development of the people they are leading … you have an impact over a person’s future character, whether big or small
- In other words, you can’t take this lightly
- You influence each other no matter what
- You’re on display, your flaws will be exposed … even if you try to hide them for a period of time
- Just as a child copies a parent, your people will copy you
- It’s sad that this relationship is often dysfunctional
- Often people are just put in this position because it’s the next logical career progression, with no training, and having worked for bad prior examples
- We act how we’ve learned (just like kids again)
- Either heavy-handed
- Says I don’t trust you, you’re not good enough, etc.
- Or, laissez faire (hands off)
- Says I don’t care
- Either heavy-handed
- Like any relationship, this cycle can be broken
Leading people is a privilege
A privilege is a condition of enjoying special rights or benefits. When applied to leadership, this can be taken a couple ways:
- Enjoying the temporary benefits
- You can have people do stuff for you
- It makes you feel powerful or important
- Leadership is a status symbol this country
- Or, you can enjoy the true benefits:
- Able to invest in people, you actually shape who they are (not in a bad way, and it will happen no matter what)
- Help show how 1 + 1 really can = 3 … better ideas come when you lead people, not results
- Able to closely understand someone’s true talents, passions and encourage them to grow as people … not just in the skills they need to do their job
- and …
Leaders get to create more leaders
This is the biggest success we can have as leaders.
- Helps today: businesses, organizations … better ideas, results, spreads responsibility
- Future: critical in succession planning
- If you’re a business leader it allows a more balanced life, so you can take vacations with your family
- Critical with your kids, right? What parent wouldn’t say they want their kid to be a leader when they grow up?
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