Is leadership required? At your job, in your workplace, is more leadership needed?
Often people wait for leadership. They stall, stay stuck, or find it more convenient to wait on someone to lead. These people are spectators.
The organization that lacks trust also lacks leadership. It can’t be productive or growth-driven. Unless of course, that organization is run like a dictatorship.
In small geographic pockets, some authoritarian styles still exist. If employment opportunities are very limited, people will work somewhere. Not happy, not proud, but they’ll show up each day and shovel.
Unfortunately, fear is a motivator, but it is a short-run game.
The authoritarian approach doesn’t work well in modern-day society.
Do you believe more leadership is required?
Even in times of extremely low unemployment and worker shortages, the best organizations are still running strong. Simply put, the best people are working in the best organizations.
Leadership is not a spectator sport. It isn’t about a couple of gladiators fighting it out with swords or large hammers. It is something Beyond Thunderdome.
Every day the working class goes to work. They have a choice about their attitude, their behavior, and the amount of effort they will put in.
They are a role model. A good one, or a bad one. The culture of any organization is based on all of the inputs. There isn’t a selection process for only the behaviors that so called leaders wish to recognize.
At some level everyone should be leading.
If it is work, then work, no one is a spectator.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.