"We love him." Those were the words from some new clients talking about their CEO behind his back.
He's a straight-shooting, walk-against-the-pack sort of guy. I get the sense he is fiercely protective of his people.
My own team has been following his posts on LinkedIn for over a year. Here's why ...
Here's why people talking behind your back can be a very good thing.
This leader's people talking behind his back was actually wonderful! So much so that my own team was discussing some of his principles on leadership and said:
"Ya know, I wish there were more leaders like him! I don't think he has any idea of how rare a breed he is. There are so many bad bosses and leaders who don't care. He is just not one of them."
Think about it. This leader isn't just positively impacting HIS team. He's also creating positive discussions in MY team, and we are just a vendor who has never actually MET this man in person.
That's next-level leadership: when people are talking good about you behind your back and your circles of influence create uplift outside of your sphere.
My team was right.
We need more leaders like that!
Whose leadership inspires YOU?
Feel free to tag a leader that inspired you in the comments section below! :-)
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The best way for a leader to keep their passion is to ignite it in others.
I read this great article in Fast Company about how this CEO who had never fired anyone.
He used a tool called Career Leader to help his staff discover their interests and motivations. I was hooked and immediately started using this tool on my own team.
The results have been remarkable. We have discovered untapped skills and potential right within our own team.
Here's what happened ...
It's one thing to make policies that put people first in company culture. It's another thing entirely to model them. But being part of a corporate social experiment designed to prove that putting the bottom line and people first are not competing ideals? Better buckle up!
Getting beyond lip-service often means a lot of falling down and getting things wrong before you find your groove. Our Founder, Karolyn Hart, jokes about our being "UnInspireHUB" while we fumbled through the transition from a more traditional workplace to the 100% remote -- and empowered -- workplace we have now. She's bent on disrupting some of the most toxic foundations of corporate culture, starting with ours.
Something funny happens when you treat people like capable adults. They tend to rise to the occasion, and so does your ROI.