As an employee, you can notice the difference when working for a manager that works for you; not the other way around. We’ve all had managers that seemed to believe that being authoritative is the way to lead people; it isn’t. It’s safe to say that we don’t remember these people fondly, nor do we care to mention the things we learned or didn’t learn from them.
Any culture that puts curiosity, creativity, collaboration and innovation at the forefront creates an environment where people’s ideas are encouraged, solicited and heard. It’s harder than it sounds if you’ve operated on the assumption that the boss has all the answers and makes no mistakes; many organizations operate this way.
The pandemic has changed many of the ways we’re used to doing things. It’s created loss for many, anxiety for others, and frustration for most everyone. Personally, I see people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram expressing their frustrations about the state of the world and how they can’t wait for things to go back to normal.
Innovation has many enemies, chief among them is fear of failure. Many organizations fail because they miss the future, unable to adapt to changing conditions. They didn’t try. And when they did it was too late. All because of fear of failure, fear of being first, fear of taking risks, fear of taking a chance.
Last week there was a change in the Presidency of the United States of America. Trump is out, Biden is in. There are many challenges President Biden is up against, the most pressing one is taming the current pandemic which has taken over 400,000 american lives.
Leadership impacts everything. Everyone will focus on the most obvious outcome, which is company performance. But it also includes future performance, which depends on developing individuals so that they too can lead.
One thing I learned early on is you suck if everything depends on you.