Hey leader, you may be right, but that doesn’t mean that people will care. Or pay attention. Or take action.
Just because you’re right, doesn’t mean they’re going to listen. It simply doesn’t work that way (or haven’t you noticed?). And it has nothing to do with them not liking you ; they’re just too busy.
Here’s the point:
It takes more than being right to earn attention and action. It has to do with rapport, with connection, with empathy, with humility and most of all… with listening first.
Excellent leaders know this, and that’s why they are excellent leaders (duh..).
Less effective leaders shout even harder, they make threats (do this or else…), they use the limited power of “rewards” and they use their hierarchical power to get their ideas across. And a huge cost.
You see, excellent leadership happens behind the screens. It happens behind all those things that HR thinks are important. (When it comes to leadership, most of HR is clueless anyway but that’s a whole different can of worms)
Excellent leader get fabulous, lasting results and they build great connection, clarity and trust in the process.
Lousy leaders surely can get results that look great from the outside, but if you take a deeper look at they come with a huge cost Results at the cost of people, at the cost of the culture, at the loss of connection and at the cost of trust.
It’s time to step away from the old models of leadership, they simply don’t work! Let’s start to look behind the screens at what’s really puling the strings. What’s really at the source of growth, connection and well being in organizations.