“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado
Have you been fortunate to work with a great leader? You’ll know a great leader by how they inspire others to do more, learn more and become more.
In my family, my dad embodies the idea of a great leader. He instilled in me a valuable leadership lesson to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. In fact, we like to tease him about a picture in his office of him sleeping on Air Force One, with a note his staff laid on his chest with the words: “The Advance Man—always alert, always dedicated—always ready for anything.”
He, along with many impressive leaders I have had the privilege to work with over the years, has taught me countless management lessons. Some of the ones I took to heart include:
- Hire people smarter than yourself and get out of their way.
- You can’t lead from the front— to truly lead people, walk behind them.
- We can’t be good at everything—embrace what you are not good at doing and hire the very best to do it.
- Don’t find fault, find a solution.
Great leaders are gauged by their ability to inspire greatness in others.
Who have you inspired today?