Are you willing to lead while being led? Seems like a pretty simple question for a leader. You lead others but you also follow and learn. Can you humble yourself and be led?
Do you consider yourself equal with your employees? Do you strive for consensus? Or, do you exert power, authority and position? One creates a team of like-mined employees who believe in the organization’s mission and the other a lack of trust and fear.
Leaders who focus on leading while being led treat subordinates with respect and dignity. They value their input and their differences. Every idea counts. They learn and grow with their subordinates. The goal is interdependence.
13 Things You Learn When You Are Led
- How to lead
- How to empower
- How to expand the reach of your communication
- How to delegate and let go
- How to respect the thoughts and ideas of your subordinates
- How to transfer your vision
- How to listen
- How to earn trust
- How to earn respect
- How to be inspired
- How to be motivated
- How to take credit for failure and give credit for success
- How to unleash the power of independent thought
It’s difficult to lead. But it can be even harder to be led. Don’t fear letting others lead you. Embrace it. You’re not giving up a position or authority.
Leadership isn’t about position or authority. So, there’s nothing to give up.
It’s your choice. Lead and be led.
What can you do to be led every day while leading?