After devouring hardcore management and neuroscience books in the past couple of months, the article ( http://goo.gl/s7k3LG ) caught my peripheral vision this morning.
Like a breath of fresh air, it helped me laugh my stress away; and then, ponder.
The 4th quality “ask for help” is one critical aspect that we generally overlook. By addressing the psychological needs of a leader, it brings to light the sensitivity about the role. A leader likes to be “wanted”. A leader cannot do it alone.
Where does one find a Mrs. Lovett that wants a Sweeny Todd? How do corporate Mrs. Lovetts’ look like ?
Here are some traits:
They are intelligent, wise and want to succeed. But they can’t lead from the front. They prefer to operate from the shadow. They love the shade cast by the leader. They are amazing contributors. They bring a lot of value and credibility to the leaders’ work. They love being a LOYAL team player. Are in love with what the leader intends to do. Hold the cause of the leader as their personal cause. Provide support. They enjoy the experience, and feel important. Their needs are met by serving the leaders’ cause. Their adrenalin flow is supported by the leaders vision. They fill those important gaps that the leader cannot see.
(and now if they are in your organization make sure to gain their trust and loyalty, and get them on board! ) and I hold off on saying “get them on board at any cost”.