Leadership happens in the largest of moments… and the smallest of contexts.
Most good leaders are constantly working on developing and elevating their leadership skills and outcomes. They study relevant authors (like this email series.) They take courses, or they will discuss situations and techniques and group coaching or Master Mind settings. Often times, this is pointed at crucial sequential points in their business results processes. That is all well and good.
This article, however, is focused more on the smallest of moments that leadership appears.
Do you preach respect in the workplace environment and then drive disrespectfully or aggressively in traffic?
Do you focus on integrity as a key element to your results and then cheat “just a little” on the golf course?
Do you realize the need for presence with an employee, even when you don’t have time, and yet, at home, do not afford the same courtesy and respect to your loved ones?
Leadership is a discipline. It is “inside – out,” meaning it is applied at the neural software “Operating System” level. (If you DON’T understand this – write me, and I will send you a quick video link.) When does “Windows 10” not open when you start your PC? Never.
So when your feet hit the floor, every morning, you begin to function as a leader. This does not imply that you never get a break, that you must tirelessly and forever serve – you are human, you get down time and you get dumb mistakes and “less-than” moments. However, you cannot afford any loss of consciousness to the fact that leaders lead all the time. Leaders lead when no one is watching.
You have read other content from me that the most important element of leadership is your commitment to develop other leaders. My father, a World War II Marine, drilled into my head deeply that the best leader was easily known because his unit functioned appropriately even when the leader wasn’t present. That applies to “self” as well. Do you function as “the leader” when no one is watching you?
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