“People want to be led by someone they know. Someone they trust.” ~ https://popforms.com/death-to-top-down-leadership/
More than five years ago I started managing a team. Five years later I wasn’t so much as managing a team of 60 as I was leading a team of 60.
There’s a big difference between the two words managing & leading. One is much harder than the other. One is tactical. A means to an end. Book knowledge.
noun: someone who knows where they’d like to go, but understands that they can’t get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen; takes responsibility
noun: someone who works to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper; wants authority
The other is empowering. It is a way of mentoring and teaching. It is about inspiring others to follow into the unknown. To take risks. To accept failure. To require failure.
For those who on paper I manage, it is more than simply a means to an end.
It’s about me focusing on you – my tribe – and only on you.
It’s about me being authentic & vulnerable. It’s about me trusting you.
It’s me helping you grow. It’s you helping us grow.
And in the process we get stuff done.