Why a leader says ‘Let’s go’ by Sam Geist at Globe & Mail on 12 December 2013.
The article asks the reader to ponder whether they are a leader, or a boss. Some of the traits of a leader that sets them above being simply a boss:
- A leader shares a vision
- A leader enables
- A leaders gives gifts
- A leader builds
- A leader is fearless
- A leaders sees himself in the mirror (I’m sure this was meant to be gender neutral)
I’m not sure I like the word fearless – that implies that you are absent of fear. This may lead to a reckless approach that doesn’t consider all of the facts. I would prefer to use the word confident – you may have concerns, but you are aware of them and are taking appropriate action moving forward. Would you follow a fearless leader, or a confident one?
Finally, I have to provide my favourite quote from the article – the second part really struck a chord with me:
“Good leaders give their people small gifts – tickets to a ball game, a free lunch, a day off. Great leaders give their people big gifts – space to grow, exhilarating challenges, trust, recognition and empowerment.”