Leadership is not a Silo Position
It has been said that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. That is especially true for leadership!
As leaders, the spotlight is laser focus on each word or move a leader takes. A leader’s actions seem to be always magnified just by the fact that they have a leadership position or title.
We have all experienced leaders that tend to take this title and spotlight as a status symbol. Superiority style leadership behavior is easily noticed. People can easily begin to feel entitlement and have special privileges from climbing the ladder of authority in an organization.
One difference between being a leader by having a title and being an authentic leaders is that authentic leader know they have to sacrifice more the higher they move up in leadership.
That means doing whatever it takes to lead in the best way for their company or organization. For example, rearranging their day to be more available to work with more pressing issues. Also knowing how to prioritize their days and knowing for what and when to rearrange priorities for certain unexpected situation that will occur.
The more a person is recognized as a leader, the more they have to consider that everything they do and say matters. People watch how they prioritize things to see what they value.
As a leader, there are certain issues that require priority attention, especially in healthcare.
The leadership rule to follow is to consider anything that has to do with people as a top priority.
People make up the workforce, so their health and well being at work is top concern. The more they are valued, the better all areas of the organization will function. John Maxwell says this best in his book, The Five Levels of Leadership. Level One is Position as in a person receiving a title of authority or rights, and the Second Level is Permission, the ability to build relationships.
According to John Maxwell: People needs to have relationships with their leaders, so they will want to follow the leader.
Employees see themselves as accountable to leaders, so they want leaders that are accountable to them and their needs and that comes through building relationships.
Leadership is not a silo position, it is a relational position and a leader that can build relationships with people will be a successful leader.