Leadership isn’t managing or telling others how to run their business. Sometimes the control freak rears it’s ugly head and we forget ourselves.
Leadership or Management?
There is a huge difference between the two. Managers are people who have been given a position of authority with the right to tell others what to do with the expectation that the directive will be followed. Leaders are those who we are attracted to and want to follow their suggestions. Sometimes, we get lucky in a job and our manager happens to be a great leader. What will you be? A great leader or a manager?
Don’t let bad leadership take you out!
How many times have you seen someone at the front of a room that honestly believes they are great leaders and yet they behave like a manager? If I wanted to be managed, I would get a job, not start a business. The next time you are at a meeting or event and find yourself getting frustrated or angry, stop and think about where that is coming from. Are you angry because you resent being told what to do or are you frustrated because you were looking for leadership and someone is trying to manage you? Instead of getting angry at the “leadership”, become a leader!
The reality is that leadership is always looking for the next leader. That means that although you will hear all about following the system, you need to be careful not to let that become too limiting. You need to find the way to make the system work for you. For example, I have heard the phrase “it needs to be duplicatible”. Some believe that means you have to do exactly as the person before you has done.
NO!!!! It means you are looking for ways to use the current system to grow. You take what you can make work for you, add a little of your own flavour, and then, you look for people who can duplicate what you have done. During the process of finding people who will follow you, the next leader will appear.
If you are a follower, you will do what that person before you did and accept the same limits that “leader” has.. A true leader will take what works for them and find others who feel the same. You accept the followers and take what they produce for you but you are always looking for that next leader who will expand the business beyond what you are capable of yourself. Accepting the new leaders into the fold is what makes a true leader. A true leader knows when to follow!
Maybe these words from Tony Robbins will help….
Make it a great day!
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for innovators. I’m thankful for leaders who know when to follow. I’m thankful for each new opportunity to learn.
What are you thankful for today?