The things you do alone, with few exceptions, are not leadership.
Not a leader:
- Sign papers in your office.
- Complete a project by yourself.
- Wonder what ‘they’ are doing about the dark cloud hovering over the team.
- Develop a plan and give it to your team.
- Solve problems and answer questions all day.
- Explain why something can’t be done.
- Sit in silence when patterns of failure emerge.
- Complain, blame, and gossip.
- Ignore that uneasy feeling in your gut.
- Tell someone what to do.
- Wait to be told what to do.
- Go home wondering what you did all day. (Leadership is intentional, not accidental.)
Getting things done doesn’t mean you’re leading.
Leaders do everything on the above list. But you aren’t a leader, even if you have a corner office, if the 12 things on the list are patterns in your work-life.
7 ways to become a leader today:
- Help others serve others. Turn from focusing on yourself.
- Seize an opportunity, rather than solve a problem.
- Fuel energy in others. Forget about motivating people. Think inspiration.
- See the best in someone, rather than the worst. (Reflect: How does seeing the worst get you what you want?)
- Take someone to the next level in their management or leadership.
- Engage in forward-facing curiosity.
- Connect. Leadership is done in connection, not isolation.
4 things leaders usually do alone:
- Reconnect with God, purpose, and self.
- Evaluate impact on others. (At least as a start. Others will be helpful with this.)
- Give space for others to test their wings without meddling.
- Relax and recharge. (Especially for introverts.)
What behaviors in organizational life seem like leadership, but aren’t?
Which ‘become a leader’ question seems most important to your leadership at this moment?
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