By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to develop more cohesiveness in your organization. Reading time: 4:22
Your team is successful. You’re not. You’ve NOT been promoted. Now what? Maybe you’ve been too busy patching a quilt rather than weaving a tapestry.
Leaders are weavers, focusing as much on the warp as the weft in their organizations, managing both vertically (warp) and horizontally (weft).
They readily weave together a tapestry of relationships with other leaders –above, below and to the side — of them throughout the organization. Even those with no direct reporting relationship.
Warp & Weft
Yet too many would be leaders, focus primarily on their patch in the quilt of their organizations. They fail to manage vertically with as much expertise and comprehensive business acumen as they bring to their leading horizontally across their own patch.
And the fallout is inevitable — an unraveling of their personal leadership.
Veteran weavers will tell you that the vertical warp in the weaving process is hidden beneath the weft. However it is the vertical warp that provides the inner strength to the fabric and quite literally keeps the threads of the organization aligned.
That’s why balancing both the warp/weft –managing up and down and sidewise in the organization –is the primary responsibility of the leader.