Social media provides plenty of fodder for blogger intros and pastoral sermon illustrations. I was reading someone’s posts a while ago in response to a police officer who froze up on the job. The writer commented that if they were faced with that situation, their response would be too quick and decisive to give them the chance to freeze up. Sometime later, that person was faced with a real-life situation where they did exactly what most people without training for such situations do – they ducked for cover and stayed hidden until the danger was gone.
Campaign slogans are made to sound catchy and profound, but words have meaning. Driving to work recently, I saw a billboard for a politician running for office. The candidate’s name and picture were prominent in the ad, and he used the slogan “Service through Leadership.”
Leaders are made, but what is it about some people that leadership seems like something intrinsic to who they are?
You’ve heard for years that compensation is not the primary factor for keeping talent at your company and keeping them job satisfied. Several other environmental concerns are what keep people working with you and happy about it.
Leaders sometimes make the mistake of assuming that because they are the leader/boss/manager in the room they have an expectation from others to offer advice, give direction, and own the conversation. Those behaviors may have been what got you your leadership position, but if you want the respect of your followers, it’s time to make a change to your behavior.
It’s ridiculous to assume that just because you have access to Google, suddenly you’re an expert on anything you can find on the internet. Do experts even exist anymore in the age of information? Yes, they do, but how do you know if you’re an expert?
I am convinced that those things we truly believe are played out in our lives on a regular basis, and the things we claim to believe are nothing more than lip service we give to feel better about ourselves or friends to impress them. Unless that is, our actions support what we claim to believe.
Most all of us have or do have “that” boss. You know who I’m talking about; The boss who is always riding you, demands perfection but expects you to give grace when they fail. The boss who thinks you should work the extra hours to demonstrate your loyalty, but they are always the one who shows up late and leaves early. The boss who will throw a temper tantrum worse than a 10-year-old when things are going their way, but expect you always to epitomize professionalism. The one who won’t accept feedback or criticism without becoming defensive, but wants you to be open to correction. Much more can be said about that boss, but the point is, we all know who I’m talking about.