If you don’t love those you lead; you lose…and, you’re not a leader. John Maxwell says it best. Leadership is influence and real leaders love those they lead.
I agree. The greatest leaders on earth agree. Leaders of Fortune companies agree.
Leaders simply know to love those they lead allows them to build their people, departments and companies – but also allows them to hold them accountable. When you love those you lead, it gives you the right filter.
As a leader , especially a new one , you must get to know the people you are leading. If you are a new leader, do the research before you come to a company. Know the leadership, know your board, know your senior staff…do the research online, acquire information from the leaders that left if possible as well from current leadership.
From there, learn about your people, divisions, division leaders and departments. Respect the work that has been done. Don’t build your brand by saying everything prior leaders have done is worthless.
What you should know about your people:
• Their ‘why’ – why do they do what they do?
• What encourages them?
BEFORE coming in with any mandates, change, or rules.
As a leader, if you haven’t read a Maxwell book, don’t know who the current gurus in your industry are, don’t read articles that keep you abreast of the newest information, you are also NOT a leader. Constant and never ending improvement (CANI) – thank you Tony Robbins