“The senior leaders have no vision,” he said glumly, as an explanation for his company’s problems.
I had heard this many times during my interviews of key employees at the company. It was the end of my last interview. I set my pen down and asked the question I had wondered about all day. “So what are you going to do about it?”
“Me?” he asked. “What can I do? I’m not in charge. I’m just the manager of shipping.”
I studied him for a moment before I replied. I could see he was frustrated and felt powerless.
“I know you think you can’t have a vision because the senior leaders don’t have one, but the truth is that senior leaders aren’t as ‘in charge’ as you think. And within your own sphere of influence, you have more control than you think.”
"Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don’t see themselves as leaders." ~Stephen Covey