One of my primary roles that I play, on LinkedIn, and on my website: www.charlesbrooks.com; AKA: BrOOKS-of-WISDOM, is to talk about LEADERSHIP. I can proudly say that I’ve had a “leadership role,” for some 50+ years, out of 56, in the business world. I’m not suggesting that I’m any smarter than anyone else who has been in the business community that long, but one difference, at least, is: if you’re reading this article, then I must have your attention (don’t STOP now).
A good measure of a “dedicated leader” is to WATCH him in action. How much “extra time” does he spend in developing others to follow him? Does he work through his lunch hour and coffee breaks? Does he “stay later, and come earlier” than most of the others, if not all of them? What are the “followers” saying about him? Now…be careful… don’t confuse firmness with rudeness; because a good leader is FIRM, he’s SHARPE, he’s BUSY, and he’s FAIR.
You don’t always have to like the LEADER. One of my “former employees” (I was, then, Corporate Controller… and he was Chief Accountant) told me, once, and very seriously… that he didn’t particularly “like me,” but he RESPECTED me. He, even if he didn’t know it, paid me a super COMPLIMENT. Leaders are not out to “find new friends.” They’re friendly….but not necessarily your friend. Good Leaders are not there to be your “best pal.” They are there to LEAD. And, you…. Well, you’re there to… FOLLOW.
Here’s a few SUGGESTED RULES to follow: Do your best to never go out “on the town” with your boss/leader. Don’t try to get personal. Don’t EVER accept a “drink” from him…at work, or anywhere. One NEVER knows when they’re being TESTED. And, if you’re being tested… you don’t want to FAIL. NEVER “talk trash” with your boss. NEVER, EVER, agree to do “anything illegal, or inappropriate.” Some Leaders (and I don’t condone this) will see if they can entice you to do something improper). You may, even, stumble upon a Leader who is “up-to-no-good.” You know, the kind who lures their employees to “overlook” certain things… and next thing you know…. Both of you will be in the morning “headlines.”
Another thing, NEVER let your boss/leader cuss you out, or cuss at you. You may be in shock the first time it happens, but once you recover… take him aside, and tell him, respectfully and firmly….NEVER do that again… or I QUIT…now, or then. He’ll RESPECT you for your standards, and if he doesn’t, then again….QUIT. Observe how leaders treat their wives, mother-in-laws, and ladies in general Leaders are not PERFECT. Followers are not PERFECT. But, in this case… two negatives, don’t make a POSITIVE. If your Leader has “terrible morals” (yet still a good leader)… then look for a new leader as soon as you can.
Everything rises and falls with leadership. The more skillful and effective the leadership, the better the organization runs and the more the potential for growth increases. We are told in Romans 12:8 – The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.