Leadership Minute: Leadership Isn’t Convenient
Leadership Minute….a quick read to provide my thoughts on certain aspects of leadership. I welcome your feedback!
A great friend and mentor of mine lived and preached two great philosophies concerning leadership:
#1: Leadership is a Contact Sport
#2: Leadership Isn’t Convenient
Let’s hit #2 today.
How much of your day is spent answering questions or problem solving with members of your team? When they walk away, did they leave with answers, guidance, and clarity?
Today’s pace and demand in the work place can challenge even the best time-management expert; however it is important to pause and listen to members of your team. They are not an interruption, they are an obligation. Remember…..you’re the leader.
A few years ago I read the biography of former Army General and Sec. of State Colin Powell. He made a simple yet powerful observation, “The day your soldiers stop brining you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can actually help or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a leadership failure.”
Ask yourself today, “Do I provide leadership when it is convenient – or when it is needed?”