Many years ago I received one of the best compliments ever from a client: “the best thing you do is you work for us, not your business. You treat our business as if it were your own.”
I’m the type who does the opposite of what I believe sucks, and I’ve experienced many types of leadership. The one type I’ve never liked is command and control. Though we’re in the year 2020 and talk about employee empowerment and collaboration in decision making, many organizations still operate by this way of “leadership”; it is expected, encouraged, it’s seen as normal, and it’s rewarded.
Kobe Bryant, NBA and Lakers legend, along wth his daughter Gianna and 7 others passed away last week. This was shocking. And I took it hard because I’ve been watching and following Kobe since before he got to the league; he became the player I followed the most after Michael Jordan retired. So I grew up with Kobe, and he was a big inspiration for me.
A few years ago I was asked to give a speech to a group of entrepreneurs on their way to Startup Chile. As part of my talk they asked me to write a list of 3 to 5 things that I do to be successful. While I did do that list, I explicitly said “I can tell you my 3 to 5 things I do on a daily basis but that’s what works for me, in the context of my life, my personality and mindset.”
Yesterday was the first day of the next decade. I took the time to look through some of my posts in various categories from the last 10 years just to see what I was writing about in 2010! I’m sad to say this, but for all the talk about leadership it’s really a hit or miss because it begins with this: Great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done.