Ideas from Leadership Turn
Ignoring for the sake of this post that I think leading and managing are heavily intertwined, consider the biggest thing they have in common—people.
Call them followers or employees/volunteers/staff they’re all people. No matter their age, attitude, education, economic status, gender, etc., they’re still people. And it doesn’t change with country, industry, or situation.
So why do educators, pundits, the media, etc., insist on presenting so many things as specific only to the group under discussion?
Last December I wrote how ridiculous this was after reading an article about what turns Gen Y off in their leaders/manager. The list included
- Judgmental attitudes.
- Unwillingness to listen to and respect Gen Y’s opinions, ideas and views.
Well, duh. You show me anybody who likes these traits under any circumstances.
Today, I read about seven mistakes made by church leadership, including
- stopping listening.
- getting distracted.
- getting complacent.
- becoming arrogant.
- failing to delegate.
Well, duh again. Same reason.
There seems to be a great commonality in how people want to be treated, so why is it so difficult for those in charge?
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