What’s with all this “leadership” crap???

  • Without leadership, no business will move beyond mediocrity
  • To me, thinking of management as a facet of leadership is one way in which a leader can be well-rounded.  To that end, you can never manage any organization to a level of greatness – you can only do this through strong and consistent leadership
  • Leadership vacuums not only get filled by undesirable behaviors but undesirable imposters and power hungry brokers of discord – people who look only to advance themselves while climbing over the bodies of others
  • A leader is like a map – most of the time you can figure out where you are, but without a map, you can’t find the best route to your destination nor will you possibly even know where your destination lies
  • Organization culture will de-evolve in the absence of a leader and can lead to seemingly Lord of the Flies moments in meetings and teams with a leadership vacuum.
  • True leaders are unafraid of letting others see their weaknesses and will make it clear to their team what those weaknesses are and that the reason they’ve surrounded themselves with their team is to account for those weaknesses
  • Leaders act in spite of fear

 

So what are the differences in management, leadership, and transformational leadership?

  • Management is about the what we’re going to do, leadership about the why, and transformational leadership is about the organization that is going to be and the how to get there
  • Transformational leaders create an inspiring vision that makes everyone go all in while providing a clear purpose and inspiration
  • Transformational leaders perspiration is inspiration
  • Motivate people to excel by leading them through example – be willing to take out the trash.
  • Transformational leaders champion change by identifying when change is needed, formulating the plan, acting on it and inspiring their people to come along
  • Managers know the situation at hand, as do leaders and TLs, but at different levels.  A manager may not be able to come up to a high enough level to see the complete picture or allow themselves to let the current state of affairs wash over them.  Leaders will have a vision or where they want an organization to go – TLs know not only how to get there but to make it rewarding along the way
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