What’s your cause? Why should people get excited about what you do? This is an important question to be able to answer, and don’t think that just because you are small, even a one person gig, that you can’t have a cause.
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I have seen a culture shift from the entrepreneurial spirit, which often encompasses collaboration and the bringing together of minds and resources, to the idea now coined as solopreneur. The idea behind the solopreneur is that people can be successful islands all by themselves.
The scary trend of using systems that allow grades and exams to dictate who is hired, promoted, and even fired!
OK, this may seem counterintuitive. After all, aren’t leaders supposed to be self-confident, ready for action, and always sure of exactly what they want? According to today’s pop culture, a BIG EGO seems like quality number one for a great leader.
Leadership is not about simply giving people what they want. Leaders who are willing to speak the hard truth understand that people grow when they are challenged. Raising the bar and calling people to the carpet is not a bad thing: it is part of being a good leader.
People are always talking about wanting to change the world. The problem is that leadership is all about people, and people tend to get overlooked when looking at the overwhelmingly huge prospect of changing the world.
Accountability. Today, this is almost the equivalent of a four letter word. Culturally, we don’t like it! We don’t want to be held to it, and it seems too politically incorrect to hold others to it.
Leadership is not about barking orders, the art of manipulation, or being the life of the party. Leadership is not about being the center of attention. It is about bringing the issues you care about front and center.
In a culture that fills our minds with get rich quick schemes, instant YouTube fame, and clickbait that somehow goes viral, it can be hard to find good examples of modern day leaders. Today’s version of leadership is some sort of a hybrid between pop culture icons and overused business jargon.
I saw a job posting today titled “Team Leader.” It is not an unusual title for entry level management jobs, such as the one being advertised, but it struck me as sad that such a powerful and important word could be used so nonchalantly.