Because disengagement is the natural byproduct of disengagement, when leaders do not engage the minds of their people, they lose their hearts.
Growing up on the coast of Alaska, I have spent many hours out in our family’s 16 foot skiff fishing for halibut. As a young child, maybe aged six or seven, my dad would set me, my brother, and my sister in the boat. My parents would launch the boat off the beach, and we would head off across the glassy smooth Pacific.
True, leadership, as a subject, is quite comprehensive and complex, but is this really how it translates in practice?
Recently, I was visiting with a colleague who was reflecting on his recently appointed position of leadership. He was asking the question, “Am I qualified to do this?”. As he considered those he was now leading, he saw similar abilities, similar experience, and similar potential, but here he was, the leader.
Teams thrive or die on their ability to work together. Collaboration is a buzzword that is regularly thrown around, but what team behaviors and attitudes actually promote collaboration?