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The leaders work for the team Part 4 of 5

This is part four of five of a weeklong exploration of leadership.   I will explore the relationship between the leader and the team members.  Your insights are welcome.

If you are a boss, a manager or some other version of supervisor, leadership is implied.  People probably look to you for approval and guidance on a regular basis.   While providing those two items doesn’t mean you are actually leading it does mean that you are in a position to lead. 

It's a heavy load to bear. But you must.


As long as you have people who report to you, you owe it to them to be the best at whatever it is that you do.  You owe them openness, honesty and some level of competence.  But you can’t rely on just one of those three.  You need to be able to balance them in order to support your direct reports. 

The Leadership Atlas

A common business structure resembles some sort of pyramid.  It has few at the very top and many at the base to support the entire structure.  Those that move up the pyramid need to understand that they are not the important ones.  Just because they have fewer peers and less layers of leadership above them, the leader is not more important.

You, the leader, need to flip the pyramid upside down and put the organization on your back.  It’s a heavy weight to bear but essential.  You need to serve the many who work at the base of the organization with your decisions and vision.  Serving those who do the shipping, receiving, bill paying and every other essential function is your job.  Everything you do should support the many who are the base of the organization.

You owe them your best effort to support them and their needs.  The only way to find out what their needs are, is to engage them often.  You can lead by walking around and interacting with your team.  Smile, chat, and inquire about work, all the while making mental notes of critical items that are discussed.  If you make yourself accessible, your team will value the open lines of communication.  People will want to tell you what is working and what isn’t.  You’d be smart to listen to the ones who are intimately familiar with process that makes your organization run.  Because without them, you’re aren’t leading anyone.

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