The Importance of Getting Along

  • Comments: 1
  • Written on: August 2nd, 2007

Someone recently taught me that the mark of a good leader is someone who can rally people around a central cause and motivate them to achieve it.

It looks so simple when it is written as a sentence, but in practice how can you effectively rally several different personalities around a goal in a way that allows each participant to set aside their personal desires for the betterment of the team?

After reflecting on that for a bit, I believe it comes down to belief. The people being led must believe that the leader has the vision and desire to get the job done.

Look at Steve Jobs for example. In the early days of Apple he used several negative motivation techniques that literally pushed people to the limits of what they could take, but in the end Apple developed a great product. His employees were willing to endure extreme conditions because they believed in his vision for the company. They believed in him.

If you are a leader what are you doing to inspire your people? What is working for you and what is not?

This isn’t a trick question. I have a feeling like I am on the cusp of some kind of epiphany but I am missing one piece of the puzzle. Do you have it?

  1. Josh the Aspie said on August 13th, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Another approach to leadership that I’ve been exposed to lately is to take into account that people have goals and dreams that have nothing to do with the business… and to encourage accommodations to allow people to follow those dreams, they will feel more fulfilled, and will also be more loyal to the company, and it’s goals.

    This could be as simple as, perhaps, allowing someone to take a longer lunch break than normal, so that they can have lunch with their kids every day, and thus fulfill their goal of being a parent who is connected with their children.

    Another example that I’ve read about is allowing someone to come in a bit later to work than others, so that they can work on their goal of becoming a gold star skater, and then allowing them to take some of their work home after business hours.

    So long as their work doesn’t suffer, and the business goals are met, are making small accommodation like these in areas where they make sense really a problem?

    Now obviously a person who’s job is answering the phone and relaying messages, or who has to work on equipment that is in the shop couldn’t take that work home… but a coder or someone who has a job of proof-reading documents could.

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