Running to problems vs. hiding and hoping you won’t get caught up in a mess is a major differentiator for your leadership brand. And just so we’re all on the same page…literally everyone in your organization knows which way you play it.
I’ve been in a bunch of messes over the years…and that’s because leaders are supposed to be in the middle of the action. We are the ones that have the authority to fix issues. We shouldn’t be concerned about playing it safe and avoid the risk of getting involved and then somehow defaulting into “owning the problem.”
If there is a problem…it’s every leader’s problem to some degree. For executives, it absolutely is our problem.
That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? An issue comes up and we all rally together to think through it and execute changes that resolve things.
Am I too optimistic here? I hope not. A truly collaborative leadership culture is so powerful.
For those that believe they are the smartest one in the room, and if everyone would just do what they say all would be right with the world, are actually modern day dinosaurs in today’s world of work.
If it’s all about you…you have failed.
When was the last time you jumped into the fire? It may not be a comfortable feeling, but it will absolutely send your credibility to new heights. Not a bad outcome if you ask me.
Thanks for being here.