In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being.
Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
Knowledge is the result of information and action. Yet, knowledge of actions taken is still not wisdom. It is in the reflective process that we are able to see if the knowledge used and actions taken have produced something of value and worth.
Once, early in my career, my friends gave me an unexpected gift, a T-shirt that read, “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.” They laughed as they presented it to me, but I suspected they were trying to tell me something.
Leaders first set the example and next set the tone for everyone in the organization being accountable and willingly taking ownership. If you don't own the outcomes (the good, the bad, and the ugly), then no one else will.
“ As a business leader, you wear many hats, one of the most important being that of “coach”. Just as athletes look to their coaches for both inspiration and instruction, your team members look to you for the same.
As this year winds down, I’m preoccupied with the question of how I can be more effective next year. My historical method, and the process I’ve started for 2014, has been to create a plan – complete with goals, strategies and tactics.
“You’re the worst kind; you’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.” - Harry (When Harry Met Sally) She doesn’t think she’s high-maintenance. After all, she’s just trying to do her job.
When it comes to your career, most people desire to achieve a promotion and continue to climb the corporate ladder. Most individuals are not content where they are and want to achieve more in their career, and proving that you have leadership...
Leaders who take ownership and accountability set their teams up for success, and thus set yourself up for success. And an easy indicator of that success isn't just your own promotion, but also the promotions of your subordinate leaders...some of which will fleet up and take your place.