Wear the Mantle of Power Wisely.

21 01 2015

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” ~Napoleon Hill

By now, you know what I think about “yes men”.  Colin Powell said they’re redundant, and I have less kind things to say about them.  If you’re a leader on my team, and you disagree with me, speak up!  If you have a new idea, share it! If you want to change the way you run your department, show me the new structure.  Be heard, be controversial, push back, question authority… be a rabble rouser!  Stand around in my office throwing things to make your point, and I will listen.

BUT – Once we’ve discussed different opinions on how we should do something, eventually we may have to make a decision on which option/path/philosophy to  pursue.  Once we have that decision (whether or not you agree with it), we (the leadership team) should leave the debate behind, and get behind whatever the decision is.  Support it wholeheartedly with your team.  Because if you leave mumbling about what a “stupid decision” we made, your team will hear you.  You can always come back to disagree, but do it privately.  If not, they’ll see it in your body language, and they will NOT work wholeheartedly towards whatever goal we’ve set.  This is the true power of leadership.  If you’re good at your job, your team will have your back.  Success or failure will happen based on your attitude.  That’s the mantle of power.  Wear it wisely.

Speaking of Seed…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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