By Dan Rockwell via leadershipfreak.wordpress.com Article
“A few leaders possess wide bands of competence and giftedness. You probably don’t. Your high horse is a pony, at best. You possess a narrow band of giftedness. In the middle, you have a wide range of average competencies. However, compared to the list of possible skills and gifts that humans possess, yours are a drop in a bucket. …
When you’re “the leader on the white horse,” …
- Fault for failure lies with others. After all, how could you be wrong?
- Ownership by others is low. You’re the one at the center.
- Talent in others is devalued. When you’re the most important person, others aren’t. …
When you’re “the leader on a pony”…
- Talent in others is valued and honored.
- Authority is divested and distributed.
- Accountability flows up and down the organizational structure.
- Decisions take longer. Ownership is higher.
- You’re valued for your ability to maximize others.
- Recognition – the spotlight – widens.
- Respect is earned, not granted.
10 ways to get off your white horse:
- Evaluate yourself by how well you develop and maximize talent in others.
- Clarify, don’t abdicate, your role in organizational life.
- Eliminate perks and special privileges.
- Push authority and decision-making to people closest to the action.
- Begin asking, ‘What do you think we should do?’
- Learn and leverage coaching skills.
- Stay connected. Manage by wandering around. (MBWA)
- Say, ‘Thank you,’ everywhere you go.
- Seek feedback, specifically and actively.
- Own your mistakes and share what you’re learning.”