Monday, April 27, 2015

Leadership and Praise

The movers did a good job. I praised them, but the driver was the only one who spoke English. So I gave him extra cash and said, "Share it with the guys however you want." I don't know if he did. A good leader would have shared the praise and the money with the team.

An axiom I follow is: Leaders don't absorb praise, they redirect it. Leadership involves turning attention from me to the accomplishments of the team. Even when I deserve credit, absorbing all the praise starves the team of the fuel it needs to power the engine.

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