As I set out to write this post I know it is going to be hard and take a number of versions to get it right.
I have to find a way to get people who don’t usually listen to listen. Otherwise I’m wasting my time providing affirmations for those who already know. To make it worse ‘those who already know’ are the vast majority of my readership.
So that is the down side. The upside- just hitting home with one ‘stick wielder’ will be great progress.
I’ve been lucky to have some great bosses in my time and have seen some great leadership. I have also witnessed bullying, yelling , moody, childlike CEO’s who create only fear and fool themselves that they are liked and doing well.
The results indicate otherwise – high staff turnover( until they find enough terrified and insecure people to work for them), poor company culture, frequent under-delivery, average or below average performance in the companies they manage, limited responsibility, and no obvious successors on the horizon. Worse these CEO’s are stuck in the role because word is out and no-one with proper due diligence would employ them.
• The message – the Big Stick doesn’t work.
• You cannot lead by fear
• You destroy your employees
• You create a dead end for yourself (there is nowhere else to go)
• You’re killing the company you have been entrusted with
Ask yourself – where does that fear come from? The answer is, it comes from your own insecurity. Deal with that not your employees.
You’re not a leader, you’re a relic.
Leadership is a privilege. I always approach the role mindful of the fact that others could do it. I always reflect that not just my employers but my employees trust me to do it very well.
Leaders are there to create leaders; people who see the right way for things to be done and begin to develop their own sense of vision, optimism and passion
Leaders have a focus centred on the growth of whatever they touch (not the destruction of others to fuel their own ego)
Be proud of yourself, the lives of others you are influencing and the work you are engaged in.
Grow it all with dexterity and subtlety.
There is no need for fear, or to be feared.
Simply earn respect and be human, everything else will follow.