Provoking Leadership vs Faking It
Date and TimeTue, Feb 09, 2016 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern
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You've likely seen this great video about the importance of the First Follower, popularized by Ted Talks. In the book The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt shares this quote: "...focusing on leadership alone is like trying to understand clapping by studying only the left hand." He claims that the correct question is not why people want to lead, but why people want to follow. Haidt says that people will follow leaders who:
- Establish credibility to the followers around why he or she is the leader
- Will be fair and just, and avoid playing favorites
- Most importantly, make a convincing argument that there can only be one leader (him or her)
How much time do you fake leadership? How much time do you actually spend leading? Is your investment appropriate or lacking? We must prioritize the time and energy to make the team feel like a family, with shared values but differences that create 'a whole brain'. Everyone eating at their desk alone is not driving trust and teamwork. Things like celebrating birthdays, project success or here in Indy, an afternoon at the Indy 500 practice have long been eliminated to focus on real work. Leadership is real work. 'Not leading' is faking it.
In this session, you will re-visit the beliefs you have about practicing leadership, and learn how to build a leadership process rather than a leadership event.
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