Exchanging the baton in a relay race — the front cover image on each of the three books in The Leadership Mints Series— celebrates the collaborative focus of leaders and followers.
Leaders and followers need — and heed—each other. On and off the track.
Leaders realize their success is dependent on their participating WITH their followers (a.k.a audiences). They learn from one other. They factor their mutual needs and interests with each other. And they speak WITH – not AT –each other. With civility. Time and again.
Their collaborative performance is an on-going pursuit.
Leaders realize there is no finish line. Just another starting line. And still another well-marked exchange zone on a track where they and their followers must perform collaboratively. On time (and under budget). One hand reaching out to the other’s hand. In full stride. With precision.
That’s why their on-going pursuit of interdependence between— leaders and followers, speakers and audiences, managers and their employees (and relay track team members) — is featured throughout The Leadership MintsSeries in THINKING Like a Leader with clarity, in LOVING Like a Leader with empathy and in SPEAKING Like a Leader with civility.
Here’s an idea to collaborate more productively. Reading time: 2:02
Swinging from the vine, Tarzan’s yell trumpeted throughout the jungle, blasting his personal signature in the movies with an ear-piercing, attention-commanding roar.
Yet in reality, Tarzan’s yell was comprised of three different male voices collaborating together to record cinema history.
Tarzan’s Scream Team is an instructive metaphor for the way the most effective leaders collaborate to assure their collective message is heard, understood and acted upon by the broadest set of followers.
Collaboration enhances overall performance. In the jungle and in the sky. Take a look at the North Star. It’s revelatory to note that