“Management works within the system. Leadership works on the system.”
“Some of you have minds that move very fast. Hurrah. BUT: Typically, you are shit communicators. WORK ON IT.”
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”
~John C Maxwell.
Organizations are not entrepreneurial; people are.”
— Heidi Neck, professor of entrepreneurial studies, as quoted at SmartBlog on Leadership
[A]s a leader, it is your responsibility to find passion in the work you do.”
–Mary Jo Asmus, executive coach, writing at SmartBlog on Leadership
1. Trying to lead before establishing credibility.
People will only follow you if they believe that you know what you’re doing. Credibility doesn’t come from a job title or your position on the latest organization chart. Neither can it be “willed” into existence simply because you wish it were there.
Fix: Credibility, like trust, can only be earned over time. If you’ve got a track record of success, you’ll need to communicate clearly why that success is still relevant. If you’re new to the job, you’ll have to grow that credibility from scratch. Good luck!
2. Trying to lead before there’s a relationship.
Even if you’ve got a truckload of credibility, people won’t follow your lead if they don’t feel a personal connection. If you’re the manager, they may obey direct orders so as to keep their jobs, but they won’t go the proverbial “extra mile” that true leadership inspires.
Fix: The only way to build relationships is to truly care about them as individuals and frequently showing honest curiosity about them, their ideas and the work that they’re doing. This takes time, effort, and one-on-one attention.
Continue reading on Inc.com…
- 5 Reasons Leadership Falls Flat(inc.com)
- Kathy Kurnyta: On Leadership Presence(vantageleadership.wordpress.com)
- The Conviction to Lead.(myfullcup.wordpress.com)
After spending the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness, I’ve come to believe that leadership has nothing to do with position, salary, or number of direct reports. I believe a leader is anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.
Contrary to how we traditionally think about organizations, leaders are developing strategies and shaping culture across all levels. And, contrary to the myth of the “all-knowing-all-powerful” leader, inspired leadership requires vulnerability: Do we have the courage to show up, be seen, take risks, ask for help, own our mistakes, learn from failure, lean into joy, and can we support the people around us in doing the same?
In our culture, vulnerability has become synonymous with weakness. We associate vulnerability with emotions like fear, shame, and scarcity; emotions that we don’t want to discuss, even when they profoundly affect the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
Across the private and public sector, in schools and in our communities, we are hungry for authentic leadership – we want to show up, we want to learn, and we want to inspire and be inspired. We are hardwired for connection, curiosity, and engagement.
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