Every single decision you make as a leader has an effect on the spirit of those you lead. – Bill Hybels
Let me start by saying, I acknowledge that this may be the shortest post I’ve ever written, but I think adding more words just adds more opportunity to complicate the issue. In my opinion, this is one of the leadership “no brainers” that every leader needs to get in order to be considered truly great. It’s all about how you position yourself and it goes like this:
When the bullets are flying, a leader has to lead from the front. When the confetti is flowing, a leader needs to lead from the back.
In order to surround yourself with great people, they have to trust that when the glory comes, your shadow isn’t so big that it will keep them in the dark. This is something too common in leadership and it completely diminishes both the point leader and the entire team. A great leader lets the sunshine flow on everybody.
When there is trouble in the water, it is the leader’s job to calm the seas. There is inevitable pain that comes with leadership – a personal issue with someone on the team, a health crisis that causes extra work to be divided up, criticism for a mistake or even a perceived mistake. A point leader must be ready to accept that level of risk and protect the team.
So, my leadership model on this is simple: bullets – a point leader goes to the front, confetti – a point leader goes to the back.
Question: Who was the best leader you have served with?