Being the example is taking ownership

If we want others to be something…perhaps we could choose, instead of wanting someone else to change, to be that thing ourselves first.

Leading by example is a greater catalyst for change than an expectation of another person to do something you aren’t prepared to do first.

Being the example is taking ownership.

Management vs leadership

We are living in a world choked by management and what we need are leaders.

I wrote this 3 years ago almost to the day and it seems to be even more apt now given the lack of leadership within corporations, businesses and governments.

Management corrodes, leadership nourishes

The system loves management, it enables efficiency, it maximises the return from all of the assets.

Management is control, is fear, is catching out, is replacing trust with systems, is removing creativity, is imposing compliance, is organising assets, is anti-human. It is the corrosion of people.

Leadership is not about authority, it is about inspiration, about trust, empathy, inclusiveness, is about creating safe environments, is about the human, not the asset. Leadership is about everyone, not the leader, it is about putting people first. It is about collaboration, not coercion.

We do not need more management, we need true leadership. We need to break out and try creating organisations that truly inspire, that make people feel good, trusted, appreciated and worthy.

It takes a brave person to lead and a weak person to manage and control.

No one needs more being told what to do, they need more appreciation of what they do right. No one tires of good feedback, support, understanding, being made to feel worthy and trusted. Most importantly, no one ever gets tired of being praised.

It is that simple, but it requires all of us to take on the responsibility of being leaders and being the change we want to see.

Management is corrosive, we all flourish under true leadership.