There are leaders and there are those who lead. – Simon Sinek
I have accepted that some don’t really commit to their role as leaders; or they simply don’t understand its implications.
Full commitment requires a balanced dose of heart and mind.
“That’s just common sense” is a regularly used phrase when leadership concepts come up. Yet, many don’t follow through by putting them to practice. It’s all nice on paper.
The uncommitted leaders:
- Delay difficult conversations.
- Overlook negative behaviors for the benefit of high productivity.
- Compromise their values for fear of failure.
- Focus on themselves when deadlines are near.
- Choose results before relationships when times get tough.
The letter I recall the most is the “T”; which stands for “Think others first.”
What’s commitment to think others first?
The best way I can express it is by comparing it to good parenting behaviors.
- To get staff ready to be independent.
- To provide guidance when needed.
- To know when to use tough love to redirect energy and behaviors.
- To let them learn how to deal with struggles.
- To help them plan their future.
- To aid in the discovery of their strengths.
- To let them go when the time comes.
- To give feed their hearts and minds before our own.
- And so on.
We all claim to know parenting is a huge challenge. The same is being a leader.
Leadership is not about the power of the individual but a privilege granted by others with the understanding that you’ll take them to a place they have never been before.
How committed are you to take responsibility for someone else’s life?