Sunday, August 16, 2015

InquiringMinds

Some who hold positions of leadership spend a lot of time talking about their solutions.  Another brand of leader spends their time listening to the possible solutions that others bring to the table.

Some who hold positions of leadership spend a lot of time issuing directives and mandates (and ultimatums).  
Another brand of leader spends their time forging partnerships, building coalitions, inviting others to the table.

Some who hold positions of leadership spend a lot of time chasing rainbows, crafting new flavors of the month, engaging in initiative tsunamis.
Another brand of leader keeps their eye fully on the ball, the MAIN THING, and relentlessly tries to build effort and engagement around those pursuits.

Some who hold positions of leadership spend a lot of time avoiding the dirty work, and the customers, and the rank-and-file folks.
Another brand of leader seeks out and fully engages stakeholders at all levels, learning the "business" from the ground level, and gaining perspective of the end product through the eyes of others.

Some who hold positions of leadership spend a lot of time sorting through the hard data and making decisions intended to move specific data points (profit?).  
Another brand of leader considers the soft data AND the hard data, and makes decisions in the interest of affecting holistic improvement (even if incremental).

Some who hold positions of leadership spend a lot of time implementing strategies designed to promote only their organization.
Another brand of leader strives to be socially responsible while remaining commercially viable.

"Another brand" for me, please.

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