Most CEO/CFO/COO-types confuse leading with managing. They no not understand that Leaders lead people, and Managers manage processes, budgets, etc. And ne’er the twain shall meet.
Real Leaders Lead From The Heart
Leaders don’t “manage” people. Who’s interested in being “managed”? People manage themselves.
Real leaders lead with their hearts. As Sinek says in this video, “leaders are not interested in head counts but heart counts.”
When the going gets tough, they don’t sacrifice a few for the many. Instead of putting profits before people, they put people before profits. They make sacrifices that make everyone share the pain “because it’s better it’s better that we should all suffer a little than any of us should suffer a lot.”
People Don’t Follow Managers
Most employees who are being “managed” do what management asks because ‘they told us so,’ but wouldn’t follow their manager anywhere.
It’s time to get over the 1970’s management by objectives framework, which leads only to high turnover and missed outcomes. If you are in leadership, it is time to get serious about leading people, and managing things and processes. Don’t get them mixed up.
When times get tough, the greatest thing you can do is to make people feel safe. Make a sacrifice that makes your people grow together with you. Create a culture in which your employees would sacrifice anything for you. Because they know you’d do the same for them.
Isn’t that the kind of company you’d like to create?