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 Mints Series in THINKING Like a Leader with clarity, in LOVING Like a Leader with empathy and in SPEAKING Like a Leader with civility.
By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to better focus on your key behavior as a leader. Reading time: 3:56.
You’re a leader. So, what do you do all day?
Walt Disney had an apt answer when a little boy posed that challenging question to the father of Mickey Mouse.
The creator of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi , Dumbo and so many more memorable cartoon characters said:
I think of myself
as a little bee.
I go from one area of the studio
to another to gather pollen
and sort of stimulate everybody.”
Pollinating the growth of others is an instructive metaphor for the essence of leadership behavior.
No wonder the most effective leaders wing their way early and often among their staffs. Nothing planned. No meetings scheduled for at least the first hour “in the office.”
Instead they flap their proverbial wings 180 times a second –or an amazing 11,000 times per minute– and soar to a new higher, more developed, more productive level from their father’s version of managing-by-walking around.
Their series of impromptu interactions, always on their staff’s turf either in their workstations or in the hallways, are quick and pithy. It only seems like they’re trying to match a bee’s pollination proclivity in visiting up to 5,000 flowers a day. Continue reading “To Bee or Not To Bee a Leader”