Friday, June 3, 2011

Leading Change

As a leader, you should never ask someone to do something you are unwilling to do yourself. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in leadership roles that want their underlings to complete the less than thrilling assignment. These people are commonly known as bosses. A boss is not a leader by default. A leader must have followers. A boss has something that resembles followers, but they are better known as employees. There is a distinct difference between someone that chooses to do something, a follower, and someone that is bound to, an employee. At this point, you have probably already asked yourself if you work for a leader or a boss. Well, what did decide? For those of you that work for a leader, you should consider yourself very fortunate. You should send that person a thank you card or at least make it known to them that they are in fact a pleasure to work for and with. The way you are being treated right now is probably the way you will treat the people that will one day follow you. The circle of life will continue, or at least it should. However, there are some of you that aren't quite ready to stand up and sing "Hanukah Matata" with your co-workers. (Did you see what I did there with the Lion King songs? Just making sure you're awake. I promise to never do that again, probably.) Just the idea of going to work each day is taxing on you because you know your boss will come by and ask you to do something unbelievably ridiculous and give no rhyme or reason why the ridiculous task was assigned. Before you try to rationalize it all in your head you realize, that was your boss just asked/told you to do something. After all, you do have a job and you do get paid for this job. This is what you do. You do the little things that your boss finds below them. You think you will do these things for the rest of your life. At this point I want you to pause and take a deep breath. You are not going to fall into this trap. You are not going to fall in line with the status quo. You can turn things around. One of the worst things you can do is gripe and complain as this becomes contagious. It's so easy though isn't it? It's so easy to gripe and complain when the boss is coming down on you. The best part is your complaining boat has now become a party barge as your co-workers join in. You may not be able to change your boss right away, but you can change your own outlook. What would it look like if you started a revolution in the workplace? Don't forget, at this point your office doesn't have a leader, only a boss. The days of office meetings to gripe and complain are over. What would it take to turn the office around? What would it look like if the people in your office searching for a leader found one? In a world that is screaming for guidance and not just a list of instructions, you can fill the void. I have yet to meet someone that enjoys being bossed around. There are tons of people that are willing to follow, they just need someone to stand up and lead. The best part about this leadership model is that you do not have any official role or title, you just are. If you can gather followers from that position, you will make even the biggest bosses envious.

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