Chatting with a great leader the other day. Holds a senior executive role within a business. He’s passionate, amazing with people, great technical skills. However… here’s the big BUT coming. He is SO caught up in the day to day that he cannot step away and be strategic, plan or focus on the bigger picture.
If caught up in the day to day – we call that The Firefighter…. Constantly working on the fires, the here and the now, today mostly. Perhaps next week. Might just be operational. Trapped in the ‘doing’.
If you’re caught up looking after the people all day – we call that The Parent… trying to keep everyone happy, maybe placating, adjudicating or negotiating… depending on how well or not the kids are behaving 😉 Also depends on whether you’re leading toddlers, teens, young or mature adults. And this has nothing to do with age. It’s all about attitude!
If you’re caught up in the day to day feeling like you need legs, arms and a head of steel – we call that The Warrior… you come home exhausted because you’ve spent all day being STRONG, leading the way, going into battle, taking charge, sometimes it’s in a great way and sometimes less so.
We choose roles, we sometimes inherit roles and we sometimes do roles unconsciously, without realising. It’s got nothing to do with titles. It’s about how we show up every day and how we handle our day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year.
There are a few more roles we could talk about The Teacher or The Professor, The Rockstar, The King or Queen… you might already have a vibe on where you tend to default to. It’s not so much about which role you play, it’s more about whether it’s working for you, the team and the business. And perhaps if it’s not, give it a rethink.
Which role would you like to be doing less of or doing more of?
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2. Join the Empowering Leaders in Business Facebook group and connect with like-minded leaders focused on high-performance team success
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3. Join our next Mental Fitness for Leaders Program
Helping leaders develop their skills for well-being, relationship and conflict management, productivity and peak performance in the workplace. If you’d like to work with me on your business leadership skills to ensure high engagement, accountability and results for and across the team…message PQ to me here and I’ll get you all the details.
4. Let’s get the whole team together
Would you like a different perspective and someone else at the front of the room or on zoom/teams to lead regular and consistent team building, accountability and engaging learning experiences, that drive results and outcomes for individuals, teams and the business? If you feel a little challenged with everything going on, maybe sounding like a cracked recorded saying things over and over again, or actually not 100% how to motivate and inspire the team, given the current nature of business, it’s may be useful for us to chat. Message TEAM to me here… and tell me a little about the business, your team and what you’d like to work on together.