You are a leader. Trust me.
Ask yourself these seven questions… (via Seth Godin’s Blog)
1) Do you let the facts get in the way of a good story?
2) What do you do with people who disagree with you… do you call them names in order to shut them down?
3) Are you open to multiple points of view or you demand compliance and uniformity? [Bonus: Are you willing to walk away from a project or customer or employee who has values that don’t match yours?]
4) Is it okay if someone else gets the credit?
5) How often are you able to change your position?
6) Do you have a goal that can be reached in multiple ways?
7) If someone else can get us there faster, are you willing to let them?
No textbook answers… It’s easy to get tripped up by these. In fact, most leaders I know do.
If you are involved in any sort of business, creative, or otherwise critical-thinking environment in your life it would beneficial for you to pop over to Seth Godin’s blog every once in awhile. Simply put, the guy has good stuff to say. And my favorite part… it doesn’t take him multiple paragraphs to get a point across.
This is one post that grabbed my attention recently…
The number of people you need to ask for permission keeps going down:
1. Go, make something happen.
2. Do work you’re proud of.
3. Treat people with respect.
4. Make big promises and keep them.
5. Ship it out the door.
When in doubt, see #1.
Work with a bias toward action. And have a good rest of your week.
If you have an extra 35 minutes on your hands I would recommend taking a look at this short documentary about people who were laid off of there jobs during some of the toughest times of the recession and what they did with themselves.