I spend a lot of time discussing leadership behavior. For me, it far exceeds the other challenges organizations face each day. Now you may be saying “wait a minute, what about the economic turmoil, persistent unemployment, and industry-specific pressures that could create havoc?” You’re not wrong. But if leadership fails, you have no chance.
“If leadership fails, your organization does not have a chance to survive…and by the way, you are part of that leadership team. I am too.”
I work in an industry that appears to value meetings in an almost cult-like manner. We proclaim our full day of meetings ahead with an odd sense of self-importance. Really? The more I think about it, the more it sounds like I am not in control of my work life. If I’m allowing my calendar to fill up whose fault is that? You may work in one of those industries too. When the endless stream of “emails-copied-to-everyone” are added to the long list of meetings each day, it’s no wonder that time spent focusing on leadership behavior is pushed to the back burner.
I believe we need to change the order of these priorities if we are going to make work better. Isnt’ that what leadership is really all about anyway…to make work better?
How About You