Lead By Example

Lead By Example

Lead By Example

Lead By Example

The first leadership principle I ever learned was to lead by example. Although it sounds simple, it never ceases to amaze me how few so-called leaders actually lead by example.

Remember the old adage “Never ask your subordinates to do anything you wouldn’t do?” It’s one completely ignored by many in leadership positions today.

Here’s a question: When Mr. or Ms. Leader did you ask one of your people to work on a weekend but you yourself won’t work on weekends?

How about working on holidays or at certain times of the day? Do you take the initiative to work all schedules you ask your people to work?

Are you the type of leader who takes all the good deals but gives the bad deals to your subordinates? Read the rest of this entry

Keith is the resident writer and troublemaker at Empowered Pros.
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What’s the Best Leadership Style?

What’s the Best Leadership Style?

What's the Best Leadership Style?

What’s the Best Leadership Style?

It’s probably a pretty good assumption that as a business owner you’ll never have to give an employee a life or death order. Or make a life or death decision. Thankfully very few professions compel leaders to make decisions and give orders that could lead to a subordinate’s deaths.

A military leader and a business leader are not faced with the same extremes, yet they are faced with life and death matters. In the military decisions about life and death refer to human beings. In business, decisions about life and death refer to your business.

It would seem therefore, that leadership styles needed for the military would be different than those needed in business. I don’t agree with this assumption. Read the rest of this entry

Keith is the resident writer and troublemaker at Empowered Pros.
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Leader or Manager or Both

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Leader or Manager or Both

Leader or Manager or Both

Leader or Manager or Both

We had a saying when I was in the service, “What the Air Force needed was more leaders, and what the Army needed was more managers.” The joke was every officer and noncom in the Army considered themselves a leader, while every officer and noncom in the Air Force considered themselves a manager.

Is there a difference between a leader or manager? Absolutely, there’s a big difference between the two. Over the next couple weeks we’ll look at that difference and see how it impacts your business.

Leaders lead people and managers manage things. People versus things is the big difference between leading and managing. As a good friend of mine puts it, “No one ever managed themselves out of a crisis.” It takes leadership, leaders to get out of a crisis, not bean counters.

How to Know the Difference

As I mentioned we manage things. Work schedules, benefit packages, training programs are all part of management. All necessary to any business. However, plugging a name into a schedule or designing one size fits all benefit packages isn’t leading.

Leading is knowing your people, their needs, wants, desires. Leading is knowing what makes them tick and being the leader who inspires them to achieve more. Read the rest of this entry

Keith is the resident writer and troublemaker at Empowered Pros.
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