Raising the level of your leadership

Who’s Your Boss? I Don’t Have One.

WaterCooler4x3“Who’s your boss?”

“I don’t have one.”

“I thought you worked for John?”

“No, I work with John.”

“But isn’t he your boss?”

“Well, in a supervisory sense, I suppose so.”

“Doesn’t that make him your boss?”

“Working for him is never like working for a boss. It is with him, not for him. It because I want to, not because I have to.”

“So he is more like a…”

“Leader, or coach. His tone is he is here for us, not us for him. He has turned the M upside down.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“He never says me; he always says we. Turn the M upside down and Me becomes We.”

“Anything else?”

“Yeah. He never talks about what he wants; he is always focused on what we need.”

“That’s all there is to it?”

“No, but I need to go now. I’ll share more next time we meet at the water cooler.”

How do they talk about you at the water cooler? Would you like the conversation to change? Try leading instead of bossing. What’s the difference? Meet me at the water cooler next week.

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