My Musings – Leadership is not measured by the number of people that report to you. It is measured by the number of people that follow you. People may report to a title on a business card, but they follow a leader. People have to follow the boss. They want to follow a leader. So what makes a person want to follow, as opposed to having to report?
It is a responsibility that hinges almost entirely on character. Leadership is about integrity, honesty and accountability. All components of trust. Leadership comes from telling us not what we want to hear, but rather what we need to hear. To be a true leader, to engender deep trust and loyalty, starts with telling the truth. (From “Leaders Eat Last,” by Simon Sinek).
My Advice – People will follow and be loyal to those they trust. People will trust those who show integrity, honesty and accountability. These are shown by being truthful, telling people what they need to hear, whether they want to hear it or not. The “voice” of truth is the “voice” of trust. People will “listen to” (follow) a “voice” like that. Be that “voice.”