Archive for February, 2014

Follow the Leader

14 Feb

When I was a kid, my friends and I would periodically play Follow the Leader. One person would get out front and lead the rest through a number of tasks and those following would attempt to mimic exactly what he or she was doing.

This is an example of true leadership!

Leaders lead by example, not by telling others what to do. If you are following someone who is unwilling to be out in front leading the way, find another leader.

 

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Sprinklerhead Leadership

11 Feb

A number of years ago, my son and I installed a lawn irrigation system. When I brought the rough sketch to the company who was helping design the system, they provided us a completed blueprint and a caution; “Make sure the sprinklers’ reach overlap so water gets distributed where each sprinkler head is located. If you don’t, the grass closest to the water source will die.”

Because of the way most sprinkler heads are designed, it distributes water out from itself but does not water the lawn a few feet around its location.

Leaders are like this sometimes. We provide support, encouragement, guidance, empathy, etc. to those at arm’s length but fail to extend this to those closest to us. The persons down the hall or in the next building may perceive us as a ‘great leader’ while those on our own team feel abandoned.

This behavior is both disingenuous and deceptive; certainly not behavior indicative of a great leader . . . or even a good leader for that matter. It breeds discontent. It destroys relationships; it destroys teams; it destroys organizations.

Consider the attributes you exhibit. Are they attributes of honesty, trust, humility, and encouragement . . . even agapao love? Are they directed towards those closest to you?

 

 

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Culpable

11 Feb

When does this term apply to us? Are we culpable as leaders or followers when we fail to oppose a leader whose actions and leadership conflict with the stated norm or criterion on which an organization was established? Are we culpable when we acquiesce to others, or simply do nothing, thus taking a course of action contrary to our beliefs and moral values for the sake of self-gain or to choose the path of least resistance?

 

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