Leadership Boils Down to Two Choices

Just this week I have had five different people tell me they were struggling to be an effective leader. I wasn’t surprised; leading other people is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet.  What did strike me as odd was that when pressed, each person mentioned various challenges, but always ended the conversation with the same response;

“It’s fine.”

It couldn’t be a coincidence. “It’s fine” is a negative statement that screams mediocrity. When leaders are mediocre or just plain crummy, the people they lead suffer.  They end up leaving a career before they should, they stop developing their skills, and they lose confidence in their abilities.

I am not okay with “It’s fine.” In fact, it shouldn’t be in anyone’s vocabulary, particularly those who lead other people. On a recent episode of the Follow My Lead Podcast, Jerome Peribere gave a definition of leadership that was unassailable: “The Art of Creating Followship.”

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