“People don’t at first follow worthy causes. They follow worthy leaders who promote causes they can believe in” – John Maxwell
Today I learn that I am the message, that people will see my message when they know what I represent and emulate. Do I live what I teach? Do I practice what I’m cascading? This is especially hard if you are new in the company. I think one common mistake a leader does is implementing a vision which he/she doesn’t invest time for people to buy-in (or time to reflect on).
The leaders will assume that people will follow the leader’s vision though they don’t know all about the leader. I made this in the past months, I’m so busy cascading my vision with my current company which is rather wrong. This is wrong because first I’m new and there is no connection yet to most of the people in the company, second because I really don’t have the opportunity yet to make them trust me.
The success of a leader is measured by the ability of the leader to actually take the people where they need to go. Do you make time for people to reflect on what your ideas are? Do they freely follow your vision as their leader?