Being a leader is a lonely job. There is no doubt about that. Anyone running an organization – a corporation, a department within that corporation, a school, a church, a battalion or a local business – must accept the fact that the role they have is often a difficult, sacrificial and solitary one.
But that doesn’t mean it should be thankless or unfulfilling. Or for that matter, always lonely. When humble, well-intentioned leaders convince themselves that they are supposed to be completely without needs, they create big problems for themselves and their organizations. Let me explain.
We’d like to congratulate last year’s World Business Forum New Yorkspeaker Patrick Lencionion his latest book The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. Unlike his previous eight publications, this one is not a fable, but instead comprehensively approaches the topic of management and offers a practical guide. Read on for an inside look!
Everyone looks to go above and beyond… or at least they should. But up until what point should an individual have such a high profile? If we think about companies as a big team, high profilers tend to be put on another playing field, and the stars of the show who only think about themselves becomes a source of agitation. Team spirit, anyone?