I work hard to succeed, deliver, and outperform expectations. I know my craft, I have good answers, pose good questions, work with others, and build great models. I’m shooting for a promotion. Promotion day comes and my boss says: “sorry you didn’t get it…Why not? Because leaders are different”
This is the story of many out there that got looked over for a leadership role. Maybe this is your story. I know it was mine.
No, I didn’t get the exact same words or the same situation, but I have gotten looked over or push aside because “I wasn’t ready”.
So the question is how are leaders different?
This is the question Mark Miller’s book – The HEART of Leadership answers. In the following series of posts I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the concept of this insightful book.
Let’s begin this journey.
As I have grown in leadership and leading experiences I have come to realize that it takes a little more than great individual contribution to become a great leader.
Here are some things I naturally look for and expect from a leader.
- Knowledge and guidance
- I expect my leaders to not only know about work related subjects but also be able to provide thoughtful guidance on addressing my barriers in getting stuff done.
- Honor their word and responsibilities
- When something went wrong, I expect leaders to honor their part in the failure. I also expect them to follow through with their promises.
- Words don’t mean anything without actions to back them up.
- Care about me as an individual
- At the end of the day, I want to be treated as a person not a means to an end.
- It’s a relationship between humans not man vs. machine.
Coincidentally, my expectations relate very well to the leadership traits discussed in Mark’s book. What is the heart of leadership? Leaders:
- Hunger for Wisdom
- Expect the Best
- Accept Responsibility
- Respond with Courage
- Think Others First.
I will share my take on these in the weeks to come.