…people are different—so you can’t lead them all the same way..
It is not true that “treating everyone the same” is a successful leadership strategy. People are different—a lot different—and successful and effective leaders recognize this truth and lead accordingly.
For example, most everyone wants praise for good work, but not everyone wants it in public.
Some people bristle when told how to do something; others want a lot of input from the boss and feel abandoned if they don’t get it.
Some people are extroverts; some are introverts.
On the DISC scale, some are high Ds; some are high Cs. Don’t try leading them the same way!
Some are superstars, some are stars, and some are mere mortals who show up and do a good job in the back office, or media room, or nursery, or receiving dock. You can’t lead them all the same way.
The people you are trying to lead are different from you and from each other, so don’t lead them the way you like to be led, and don’t lead them as if they are all clones.
To lead your people effectively, you are going to have to know them. To know them, you are going to have to spend some time with them. And don’t—ever—say you don’t have time. True North Leadership #2 was: you can only lead people. If you don’t have time for people, how on earth can you expect to lead them?
Adapted from chapter 9 of 16 Stones, available in print at 16stonesbook.com, and in E-book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
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© Copyright 2013 by Dick Wells, The Hard Lessons Company
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