“If you don’t do what I’m telling you, I am going to tell the boss!” snaps the new director at one of his subordinates. It was a disturbing response but expected. Why because management is focused on improving performance now, and not on the long game.
While the promotion is a validation of the good technical work, leadership demands a variety of soft skills, the author Simon Sinek explains:
The real job of a leader is not being in charge. It’s about taking care of those in our charge.
The reason you get managers and not leaders is because the employee that is good at their job gets promoted to a leadership position but does not get training on how to be a leader.
How do you establish an environment that not only rewards good work but nurtures leadership? You can start by asking a question as simple as, “Is there anything you need to do your job better?”
In a corporate environment that maximizes shareholder value, over good leadership the question sends a clear signal — you care about maximizing value for your team.