Imagine that you were being shadowed for a day by a film crew that was capturing best practices in leadership as part of a televised series.
How differently would you behave? How differently would you appear to the people who are working for you?
TRY THIS: Tomorrow, just assume the cameras are rolling and be that person.
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” -Henry Ford
It’s easy to use sarcasm to make a point, or take a cheap shot.
As a leader, using sarcasm too often is really showing up small to the people who work for you.
Announcing, “Glad to see you’re on time,” to the person who’s late doesn’t help them; it serves only to embarrass. It’s negative energy and negative communication.
Instead, you might say, “This is the second time that you’ve come in after the hour. Is something going on that I could help with?”
You may find that they do have an issue, one that’s already embarrassing them without your help.
TRY THIS: Have one day without sarcasm. You may not feel as funny, but those around you won’t feel as funny either, or embarrassed, upset, or hurt. And you’ll find that if you stop, so will those around you.
How fast to drive. Which way to go to work. Where to eat… etc.
Deciding NOT to be a victim of your circumstances; making a positive impact on someone else’s day; seeing the world through the eyes of an optimist and a believer — that’s a conscious decision that requires effort and focus.
It’s the best decision you can make.
TRY THIS: The moment you have a thought that includes blame, stop. Decide you’re not a victim and consider a path that creates a better outcome for yourself and whoever or whatever you were about to blame.
It’s a very basic question.
Most people don’t know the answer.
Replace manager with wife, child, or father.
They still don’t know.
Good Leaders communicate expectations clearly.
So do good fathers, wives and children.
Extraordinary Leaders listen to the expectations of others.
It’s easy to call out players on the field to give advice.
It’s harder to follow that advice in the thick of the fight, inspiring the players to yell back, “If you think it’s so easy, you come out here and do it yourself.”
What kind of a leader are you? One that leads by example or one that yells from the sidelines?