October 28, 2019

Leadership Is Not About Control: It’s About Taking Care of Your People

Rewriting of the leadership playbook is in progress.

Command and control type leadership that reigned in the past – I’m not saying it worked well – is becoming extinct.

Control, intimidation, and threats create a toxic workplace: an environment based on fear.

Fear is a lousy leader – a terrible one.

Fear ignites our fight or flight response.
Fear extinguishes trust.
Trust is the very fuel needed for employees to create, innovate, produce, and prosper.

Here’s the thing:

Prospects aspire to work with and for leaders who invest in their development and growth. Employees will follow a leader whom they can trust.

Leaders who insist on holding on to the past are creating bottlenecks.

If you believe you don’t need to change – you are the bottleneck.

The only way to make the workplace better is to face up to how it really is today.

It’s time to have honest, challenging, authentic, vulnerable, compassionate conversations.

Conversations that build trust and understanding.
Conversations that open doors for growth and a cohesive path forward.

Consider this:

People with skills fit for the future are likely to bypass a company that is in love with the past.

Great leadership is not about control.
Great leadership is about taking care of your people and making them better.

Great leadership is not ego-based; it is eco-based. 

“Good leaders make people feel that they are at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”

Warren Bennis