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Command and Control

One thought I’ve read concerning the definition of great leadership is:  “Leadership is the art of changing the group from what it is into what it ought to be.”  Interesting thought but one, in my opinion, that suggests more manipulation than leadership.  I can appreciate the intended point but somehow the definition doesn’t truly work for me.  Maybe it’s just the wording…I don’t know.

Regardless, one thing is for sure.  If you want to be a truly great leader, you can’t be thinking in terms of command and control.  You can’t command people into achieving great results.  Neither can you control people into achieving great results.

Maybe in the hierarchal world of military chain of command and it’s related views on discipline one could get away with command and control.  However, the troops aren’t going to follow you into battle as zealously.  Their heads may be in it out of hierarchal necessity but their hearts will only be coming along for the ride.  No heart…less fight.

Heartfelt response to great leadership is the result of leadership from a position of personal power rather than position power.  Connect with your team personally and they will respond heartily!

Three things a leader must live if people are going to deliver at their highest level to the mission.

People must know you care about them, personally.
People must know you understand them, personally.
People must know that you are want them to succeed, personally.

Do those things and your people will do whatever you command.  You will have them under your complete control.  Then, and only then, will your group become “what it ought to be.”

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