Take me to your leader; Ok, weak attempt at humor but who is in charge here? Throughout your work experiences or what you read in the papers about political or business leaders, do you ever wonder how some of these people made it to positions of authority. I mean really, who punched their ticket?
Do you recognize any of these people?
- The meeting after the meeting guy
‘That guy’ who doesn’t have a word to say during the meeting but has plenty to say afterwards. Stirring the pot and has all kinds of solutions, but it’s funny we never heard anything being offered during the meeting. Probably because they were texting the whole time. All this does is cause more meetings and tons of lost productivity
Oh, you will hear him every meeting, but is he really listening? Every once in a while it will be constructive but most of the time they just want to hear themselves talk. Hopefully he didn’t just see you roll your eyes.
Do ever get into one of those meetings where it is just meandering all over the place and not one single thing gets accomplished? People keep coming back to topics that were previously discussed. Where is this headed; can we turn 15 minutes into an hour?
- The never follows through guy
This person will promise to do everything but produce nothing; he talks a good game but when it comes to crunch time, don’t count on him. Usually the excuse is “I’m too busy” and there will be an excuse, but have you ever noticed those that have a full plate usually get the most done?
But I work for myself
If you are not in a corporate environment you might ask “how does this apply to me”? Well, if you aren’t making the decisions you might be ‘selling’ to this same group. Do you think it might be a good idea to know the personalities and dynamics of the decision makers (your audience) before you make your ‘pitch’?
But who’s in charge?
If this is your environment and you see it going sideways are you more apt to speak up, take charge and get it back in control? Do you have the confidence to be the one people look to?
How do you get there?
Do you think leaders are born or is it a learned trait? How much does personality come into play? Do you have to be a Type ‘A’ personality to be a good leader?
The most effective leaders
I have seen are individuals who are smart enough to surround themselves with the right team, let them do their jobs and get out of the way. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to be the smartest guy in the room.
Will you follow me?
It takes a certain amount of confidence and experience to be willing to raise your hand and say ‘yes’, I can do that. A leader knows heavy lifting and responsibility will be involved and that fact alone will turn some people away.
In any endeavor eventually somebody has to step up and take charge. What does your ideal leader look like?