Future leaders

Future leaders: Point time, energy, and attention toward developing, equipping, and supporting the team because the team is the only entity that can actually multiply effort over time.

Most leaders: Point time, energy, and attention to trying to complete an ever-longer to-do list thinking they can multiply effort over time by simply working harder. 

Future leaders: Delegate to empowered team members who know how to produce. Check in. Provide actionable feedback.

Most leaders: Hoard work because they believe they can get it done faster. Miss checking in. Provide non-actionable feedback.

Future leaders: Focus their team’s effort on the vital few initiatives.

Most leaders: Diffuse their team’s effort by saying “yes” to most requests.

The big question is: Which way are we oriented? Toward ourselves, or toward our team?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Future Leader | Leadership

Published on November 5, 2018

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