[A Steve Geske Memorial Post about real leverage in leadership]
Sometimes I just get bad ideas for titles and can’t resist.
So much of leadership (and it’s more questionable cousin, management) is focused on HOW to motivate others to do what you need/want them to do.
I catch myself regularly getting caught in this traditional way of thinking.
I’m reminded this morning that the real leverage in leadership is not found in focusing on the behaviors of others but rather in one’s own functioning. Shifting to a focus on self-regulation and self-definition and taking away the need to have someone around you change is the only way to get lasting change.
We can pressure someone into changing…for about a week. Like a rubber band, their old behaviors bounce back and return (often stronger and more prominent than ever).
“Motivation” is a by-product of the authentic and systemic presence of a self-defining leader. Toss out everything you haver heard about how to push (shove) others into action.