Pour Some Fuel in Your Leadership
“Good people chair committees. Smart people avoid them. Innovators can’t spell committee.” – Dr. Todd Dewett
Leaders, get ready to have your fuel tank filled to overflowing as I interview this week’s guest, a truly dynamic – and savvy – leadership expert!
This “retired” professor is author of The Little Black Book of Leadership, an inspirational professional speaker, and a member of our very own League of Extraordinary Thinkers here at Switch and Shift.
Here are just a couple of highlights from the start of our talk:
- “I’m into authentic leadership, what it means to be a real person, not just a guy with a title.”
- “People are a lot smarter than we give them credit for being. People like to follow complete humans more than just label-carrying leaders who occupy roles. We’re supposed to be polished and show people our professional image, but it’s not supposed to be so narrow that they don’t see us as a human being, and that’s a part of the problem.”
- “The research shows more people like to go to the dentist than fill out an employee evaluation.”
And all that is even before we dive into employee engagement, fostering a culture of creativity rather than fear, and (my favorite) a possible solution to the common pitfalls of promoting a specialist into a leadership role, when too many of these candidates lack general leadership skills. Folks, this is a discussion no leader can afford to miss!
Don’t forget to check out last week’s episode with another one of our own, the one and only Irene Becker.
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