More Yoda and less Luke

As leaders, our inclination is to tell. Our inclination is to jump in. Our inclination is to solve. Our inclination is to create efficiency. Our inclination is to release tension. We must ignore our inclinations.

What made us great technicians–our well-informed answers, our willingness to jump in, our ability to solve, our prowess for efficiency, our solutions that eased tensions–makes us bad bosses.

Leadership is slow and steady. Most of us aren’t leaders in actual life or death situations. It’s seldom “all on the line.”

Rather, the notion is more infinite game as Simon Sinek would say. We are here for the long term. We are either gaining more ground or falling back.

Try slowing it down. Let it feel unnatural. Ask more questions. Let others solve problems for themselves. Become more guide and less hero.

More Yoda and less Luke. 

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: Leadership

Published on November 14, 2019

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