Earn the Right
The millennial generation is known for their desire for instant gratification. However, they are not alone in their quest for quick advancement and impact. We live in a society that is growing more connected and thus more demanding when it comes to having what we want, when we want it. The problem is that technological advances cannot substitute for loyalty, respect, and trust.
A senior executive was recently given a promotion. His responsibility increased significantly as did the number of people he would lead. He was expected to go into a new arena and create a strong culture of excellence and productivity. I asked him about his strategy entering into this new opportunity. He said, "I first have to invest the time to understand and build influence. I will listen and learn. I will take the time to develop relationships that will allow me to make strong decisions in the future. I have to slow down and earn the right to lead this team."
These are words of wisdom from a seasoned leader who has experience in leading a new venture. While his experience and knowledge may give him the right to be placed in a position of leadership, only investment in relationships will earn him loyalty, respect and trust from those he leads.
In this age of instant everything, it is easy to forget that effective leadership takes time. When we choose to slow down and earn the right to lead, we will make a difference!
Dr. Larry Little, PhD