Leader or Boss

The late and great Steve Covey really highlighted the difference between the 'Boss' and the 'Leader' to me in his statement - 'You can always get more golden eggs in the short term by messing up the goose a bit but it is the leader who looks after the goose that will win in the long term and so will his people.' Covey's words punch a hole in the claim 'But I get results…' Sure but at what cost?

What do leaders do?

They Coach – Ask great questions focused on 'How can we…' spoke with a leader I respect last week and he spoke about developing both 'skills' and 'motivation' this is what the leader as coach does…

Trust – They develop great people through a focus on trust - 'You are smart I trust you to figure it out…' Theses are words that great leaders use all the time…

They Generate Enthusiasm – As you know from working with me 'enthusiasm' is action based positivity – leaders get positive action that really stimulates creativity, performance and results…

They focus on 'WE' - The word WE breaks down 'arm wrestles' and stimulates collaboration, teamwork and builds trust…

They fix breakdowns – This is most true when it comes to communication they are interesting in 'root cause' not fixing the symptoms'…

They show how it is done - They model success for their people… example is a strong leadership trait…

They develop people - They base their success on how smart their team is rather than showing their team how smart they are…

They give credit - They actively seek out people to recognise and are constantly praising great work?

They ask – The emotionally intelligent leader focuses on empathy as a great tool of engagement – They focus on great questions… The skill of the empathetic…They know that 'if they want a better answer, they need to ask a better question!'

They say 'Let's GO – hey are focused on leading through action and taking their team with them…

All of this is underpinned by the fact that leaders set very high standards…

My favourite definition of leadership is… 'Great leaders take people places that they could not get to by themselves!' Henry Kissinger