“I am the boss and you’ll do what I say.”
How many times have you seen or heard someone say that? Frankly, I am amazed that people like this still exist, but they do and there are more of them out there than you think!
Surely this emphasis on the “authority” of leadership is misguided. Hopefully, the protagonists are a dying breed!
It seems to me that great leaders don’t need to advertise their position or their authority. They lead by encouragement and not fear. They gain trust through transparency, honesty, integrity, sympathy, understanding and fairness. The true mark of a leader is the trust their followers have in them.
I recently heard the expression “my team will lay on the train tracks for me.” I thought to myself, either this guy is deluded or his team have a great deal of trust in him. I looked at the people around him… but that’s another story!