I came across a great article on leadership by Peter Drucker this week. I don't write much about leadership because everyone else does, but I thought some of this was pretty profound. Check out the following excerpt...
What leaders know
All the effective leaders I (Peter Drucker) have encountered-both those I worked with and those I merely watched-knew four simple things:
1. The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers. Some people are thinkers. Some are prophets. Both roles are important and badly needed. But without followers, there can be no leaders.
2. An effective leader is not someone who is loved or admired. He or she is someone whose followers do the right things. Popularity is not leadership. Results are.
3. Leaders are highly visible. They therefore set examples.
4. Leadership is not rank, privileges, titles, or money. It is responsibility.
Point number 2 really smacked me upside the head. I spend way too much time worrying about what people think about me, how telling the truth will make them feel, whether my 24 hour deoderant is still working. (Well, maybe I should worry about that last one) Some of the guys I work with (I don't want to mention their names; let's just call them Jeff Kinney, Chris Surratt and Larry Maio) confronted me with this recently. They said they needed my honest feedback, not empty pats on the back and generalizations. I responded by saying what great guys they are and that they're all doing a super job. Keep up the good work!
Leadership is measured in results, not popularity. I hope everyone is okay with that.