The title of leader is common, even cheap. But, a person who thinks like a leader is a thing of beauty.
The first step toward becoming a leader is thinking like one.
Leadership is determined by the way you think about yourself, others, results, and organizations.
Unleaderly thinking compared with leaderly.
- Was it up to standard? / How can we do better?
- How can I get it done? / Who can get it done?
- Leave me alone so I can work? / Let’s do this together.
- I’m stressed. / What’s the emotional state of the team?
- Do what I want. / Do what we want.
- This is hard. / This is opportunity.
- I don’t know how. / Who knows how?
- I need help. / Who can I help?
- I’m not ready. / Let’s learn as we go.
- We can’t because… / What can we do?
- We’re done. / What’s next?
- We’ve always done it this way. / How can we simplify?
- It doesn’t matter. / How important is it?
- What do I enjoy doing? / What do you enjoy doing?
- Just ignore it. / Let’s deal with it.
- You screwed up. / What are you learning?
One thing more:
Thinking apart from taking action is futility.
Good people love getting things done. Leaders get things done through others.
What does thinking like a leader look like to you?
What does follower thinking look like?