Being a strategic leader takes contrasting blends of humility, courage, and a willingness to use power.
We must be humble enough to serve, courageous enough to take risks, and willing to influence people to do what the organization needs.
One of the challenges I’ve seen in leaders is that their humility sometimes gets in the way of people truly understanding all that the leader does.
Much of the work of bringing an organization into alignment is hidden and people don’t actually see all that the leader does, even when a leader’s actions directly benefit people in the organization.
However, if more people understood what leaders actually do, there would be more trust and cooperation within the organization.
When I trained teachers to become principals, my students would begin to change. The teachers would begin to see and understand all that principals did, and as the teachers understood more, they became more positive collaborators and team members.
So, do the people you lead actually know what you do? You don’t need to brag, but people should be aware of all of the things you do to help them be better at their work. This week consider educating people about what it means to be a leader, about what it means to be you. It will benefit both you and them.
Do good and be well,