Friday, April 12, 2013

What Leadership is NOT

Leadership is NOT spoon-feeding information to the workers in little dribbling bits of Gerber baby food. We won't have that anymore. We are not babies. We are old enough to vote, marry, drive cars and think for ourselves. Give us the tools and let us have conversations on company networks with leadership blessing and permission.

Leadership is NOT hypocritically saying one thing and then doing another, or being wishy-washy about what you mean. It IS modeling the vision in behavior - taking a hit for the cause - being unpopular if you have to.

Leadership is NOT taking credit for the work. It is using your power to renovate the organizational structures that hold people back. And then unleashing the workforce to do better it ON THEIR OWN.

Leadership is not a monologue but a conversation. It is recognizing that the value in the organization stems not only from the service provided or the knowledge produced, but from the SOCIAL FABRIC itself. The stronger that fabric the more durable the organization.

* Originally a comment posted at GovLoop.com. All opinions my own.

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