“My title is too big for this piddly crap,” said Paul, an executive in the education field. “It’s beneath me.”
Paul sat across the short conference room table from me. He was frustrated with Tina, a woman he had promoted three weeks prior to our meeting. “She’s incompetent,” he said. “I’m removing her from the position.”
“It’s only been three weeks,” I pointed out. “Maybe she needs a little guidance and coaching.”
For the next five minutes, Paul listed countless reasons Tina did not deserve his attention. “These are not the kinds of issues someone at my level should be dealing with,” he said. “I’m moving her under someone who has time to manage her.”
When I asked Paul about his responsibility as the leader of a talented group of people, he responded: “At this level in the game, I should be dealing with much higher-level responsibilities, like building a name for our organization.”
I wonder what would happen for the name of Paul’s organization, and his own reputation as a leader, if he understood that his team is the gateway to creating a powerful brand. Brands aren’t something you build. Meaningful and long-lasting brands are something you become.
Become a powerful leader, and you’ll attract the same. Become a committed, loyal, dedicated leader, and you’ll pull out the same qualities in your team. Getting results from them stems from what’s going inside of you – which is brilliantly mirrored by the people around you.
Change your perspective about them. Change your perspective about your role. Change your perspective about your responsibility … to your team, to your mission, and to your community. When you do so, you’ll have the power to transform “them.”
Join the Conversation: What attitudes and habits are your team members exhibiting? Where are your opportunities for growth?
Misti Burmeister, best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across Generations, Hidden Heroes and Power Suck.