Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lead, Follow AND Get Out of the Way!

Lead follow and get out of the way.
The phrase "Lead, follow, or get out of the way" has often, and probably incorrectly, been attributed to Thomas Paine.

As a leadership philosophy, the admonishment is not quite right.  It works better with "and" instead of "or." A great leader leads, follows and gets out of the way.

A great leader leads by clearly articulating the mission and building the right team. A leader follows the conversation about the mission and considers how input from the team should refine the mission. Finally, a great leader gets out of the way and lets the team accomplish their mission.

Are you leading or getting in the way?

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