Episode 214 – Why Leadership Isn’t A Thing

by | Jun 13, 2022 | Podcast


I hate to disappoint you, but leadership isn’t a thing either. Our belief that it IS is holding us back.

Leadership skill is alluring.  We’ve all seen a great leader and admired them. Their mastery of language, their calm, certainty.  Poise. Their influence. Their vision.

You can’t buy leadership skill.  Studying leadership theory gets you nowhere.

At best, leadership is a collection of skills, most of them to do with human connection.

There is no list of things you can say or even do that assures leadership success.

Your job is to do, boldy, until you figure it out.

Your people will tell you what leadership is, and just like a good product owner, they’ll tell you what done well looks like.

There’s a misconception that a leader does all the important stuff. That they command, and others follow.

Leaders simply go first. They hold themselves accountable for a result. 

They’re not supposed to know what to do in every situation. Except to be certain that they will set an example. They will capture the hearts and imagination of the team.  They will protect the team from harm.

There’s too many do’s and don’ts on social media.  You can’t possibly remember them all.

The best place to start is to create a compelling vision. You can lean on that anytime you need it. Maybe the next most important thing you can do is listen.

There are too many trends in leadership.  That’s a trap – people don’t fundamentally change. The world around them does.  The skills they need to be successful are commitment, and consistency. Resilience and courage.

Can you model that? If you can, you can lead.

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