The thinking used to be that work and life were, are, and should always be two very separate worlds and they need to be diligently kept apart. As if that were even possible.
That unfounded belief would get compounded by the fact that many, if not most, leaders today got thrown into the job with little, if any, preparation. They were being rewarded for being the best salesperson or brightest engineer or programmer. Or maybe just because they had been with the team or company the longest.
Most were successful technical people, sales people or otherwise successful individual contributors.
Of course none of that has anything to do with their ability to lead others to similar great results. Two very different skill sets generally viewed erroneously as one.
Organizations can still have the belief that by making you a leader or supervisor, even with little to no preparation, you should naturally be able to get others to do what you’re capable of doing.
And do it as well as you can. I mean, if you’re a leader.
By the way, that seldom, if ever, happens.
Effective leadership today is as much about compassion, authenticity, emotional literacy, self awareness, self management, vision, and relationships as it is about next quarter’s bottom line. All are equally important.
The folks that work for you today want to know YOU as well as need to know what you want from them. Nobody will run through a brick wall for your brain and your bright ideas. On the other hand, they will run through that brick wall… If they get to know you and your heart a bit.
That’s why authenticity and vulnerability matter so much in today’s leadership. Maybe it didn’t in 1960’2 GM or IBM…but it matters today. To the people that will work for you. It matters a lot.
Being a successful leader today first and foremost is about building relationships; relationships with the people you lead and the relationship you have with yourself.
At Leadership Magic we’ll take you on an adventure in discovering YOU.
Your DEEP RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF
Your DEEP RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE YOU WORK WITH
Your EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Your DEEPER TRUTH
Whenever you’re ready…..