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Part I: Does Leadership Have to Be Lonely?
When I started my leadership journey, it was commonly believed that the point leader, on top of the pyramid, should not associate with underlings but should be segregated from them. Office buildings had private entrances and even elevators for management. A friend of mine, president of her company, inherited such an office, along with a private restroom and private parking garage. She could go through an entire day avoiding interaction with her team. (She doesn’t, by the way.) No wonder they used to say it was lonely at the top. It was, by design.
Part II: Isolation Is the Enemy of Success
Every time I see such an example of that kind of separation, I’m reminded of the movie “Cool Hand Luke.” In one scene the warden says, “What we have, here, is a failure to communicate.” The success of any organization depends on its team’s commitment and output, and particularly on communication with each other. And that is best fostered by close proximity among the team. We spend a third of our lives with our fellow workers, and on an effective team, our lives become inextricably interdependent. It’s crazy to me that anyone would want to be isolated from their team.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in May 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!