What is Great Leading? – This is the excellent question being discussed on Blog Synergy at the moment
In my career there have been leaders for whom I would happily work for more hours for less pay. There were those who I would not work for again if I was paid double.
The great leaders are those who encourage; they are humble; they are competent; they are kind.
I don’t sign up to the often quoted – ‘You have to be hard to get on’ or ‘You have to be ruthless’ etc., etc.
I advocate getting alongside the people who do the work. Spend time with them. Listen to them. Hear their stories and their ideas. Encourage them. Learn from them.
Great leaders are decisive at times when they need to be; they make decisions and they are consistent. The greatest quality is integrity and professionalism. I do not think charisma necessarily equates to good leadership. The best leaders will emerge as those who have done their homework – who have listened to the people around them and led by example. They walk the talk. They are interested in the small stuff.
This is still my favorite quote of all time about leadership;
Go to the people
Live with them
Learn from them
Start with what they know
Build with what they have
But with the best leaders
When the work is done
The task accomplished
The people will say
”We have done this ourselves.”
Lao Tsu (700 BC)