"There's no way." "Are you kidding?" "You must be crazy." "That's impossible." Have you ever heard these phrases? Or worse, have you ever uttered these credibility killers? Sadly, I know I have.
Leadership Is Hard - 3 Reasons You Have to Suck It Up
Whether you want to lead or not is the topic for another day; but if you're in a leadership position right now there are three things you and I have to keep in mind.
1.You're getting paid to lead
Simple, but clear. There is no time for complaints about employees, other managers, or the Executive Team. You're the leader. Earn your pay.
2. The need is great in our organizations for good leadership
You're here for a reason. Your organization identified a specific leadership need, and has the confidence in you to fill it. You're not a trophy, or window-dressing, or an empty-suit. There is a need and you must fill that need. Now.
3. Very few leaders are truly passionate about leading, thus making the need for leadership even greater
This is perhaps the most important of our three responsibilities. We've all seen leaders that simply come to work, go through the motions of the day, and then leave promptly at 4:30. Everyday. Never underestimate the impact your passion alone can have on an organization's culture. Employees talk. When you allow your passion and energy to flow publicly, those around you will have no choice but to notice.
Open-Door Policies Are Not For Employees
Time for some self-reflection. When was the last time I practiced my open-door policy and walked out my door? Do I actually wait for employees to come to me as if I'm holding court and the common folk can come by and pay homage and receive my sage advice? Wow. That is NOT an open door policy. That is arrogance. Let them see your passion instead!
How About You
When you leave the office today, will you be able to say that you did everything you could to make a difference? Will you say that you led with passion; or, did you make excuses for why your work is Mission Impossible?
For me, leadership is absolutely Mission Possible. What do you think? Hurry up and answer, court is now is session and the people need to hear from me.
I'd love to hear from you.
pic courtesy of Aurora