One of the partners, Phil, who is a natural coach, having been involved in competitive sports most his life and now gravitates towards coaching others, especially appreciated an analogy I shared.
I asked Phil what is more desirable, to have the coach lead the team out the tunnel to the playing field or court or have the players enthusiastically charge the field or court AHEAD of the coach.
Phil and the rest of the group agreed, better to have the players so charged up that they take the field full of confidence and focus to win the game AHEAD of the coach.
Now consider your role as a leader in your business. You could either be leading and…
…nobody is following at all. (Poor leadership)
Leading and people are following behind you. (Better leadership)
Leading but the people are so clear and enthusiastic about the direction your business is going that they are running ahead of you to get there. (Best leadership)
If you are tired of pulling everyone along or worse, not having anyone really behind you, then perhaps it's time to make some adjustments to the way you lead and the work you do to create enthusiastic, focused followers.
If you are not sure how well you are REALLY doing leading your business or know you need help going into 2011, then shoot me an e-mail or call me and we can discuss how to make the improvements necessary to make 2011 your best year ever.