The best definition I’ve ever heard of effective leadership goes something like this:
A good leader doesn’t make people do what he (or she) wants; a good leader makes others want what the leader wants.
In other words, leadership is about engaging people’s hearts even more than their minds. If your staff shares your vision of what’s possible, understands why what’s possible is desirable, and shares your desire to make that vision come alive, they’ll do what they need to do to make it happen. Show them the future, share your passion about the journey, and get out of their way (but stay close by in case they need coaching or advice).
That all sounds good. But in my experience that’s only the beginning. Read more