#261: The Hardest Test Of Our Leadership [WOYG Podcast]

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Leading is great when the team is winning and everyone is happy. You look good, people think you’re better than you actually are (maybe), and things are easy.

The real test of your leadership comes is not necessarily when things go bad, though. It’s the time when someone you’re charged with leading decides he doesn’t want to follow you. It’s when that loyal person decides she doesn’t want to listen to you on this one.

This could happen when hints aren’t going well, yes – people start second guessing your leadership and if you really do know what you’re talking about.

But it can also happen when things are great: your people start believing they are better than they actually are. They start wondering if they can lead, too. Things are going so well, why do we need to follow you?

What do you do then?

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2 Comments

  1. This is great and went down a path I never thought about. Leading volunteers. Can’t boss those who don’t have to listen to you.

    Would also apply to your customers, have to influence them to start, even though you have something they want. You can’t boss your customers.

    Empower your people, picked up a copy of How others see you, also got her other book Fascinate. Which are about influencing. Give your people control over their work. My aim is to give them the overall vision, then let them do their job as I want people better than me in all areas.

    You’ll be remembered more if you empower people, take them to the next level, set them on the road to success. If it goes right it’s a team job. If it goes wrong I’ll take full responsibility. That’s really my job.

    Appreciate it Dre, it’s all good preparation for what’s coming. Although I’m also prepared that it will be a lot harder when you’re actually doing it, the human factor. Will be returning to this episode repeatedly. Burn it in to me.

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