Thursday, March 7, 2013

When Leadership Means Being a Good Follower

What do you when thrust on a team or project where chaos runs amok? Do you "take the bull by the horns" and rest control from those you deem less competent or run for the exits before falling too deep into the abyss? I say neither, for sometimes leadership is not about taking control but being a good follower and team player instead.

There are times in life when we stumble into situations so far out of control it seems little can be done. In these cases, a person who possesses self-mastery brings all of their talents and skills to bear in order to help the existing leadership and improve the outcome.

A hallmark of a mature and well-developed individual is being comfortable as number 2, 3 or 23 on a team when the situation fits. Your responsibility is to be the best number 2, 3 or 23. The position you filled may have been the missing link all along. Vacating it prematurely out of impatience, arrogance or even good intentions could do far more harm than you ever expected.

Leadership requires patience, thoughtfulness and due diligence. So, be weary of those who seem too anxious to lead. Either they are inexperienced, for what experienced leader would rush to the front of the line without careful consideration? Or it may be a sign of a self-absorbed egotist out to make a name for him or herself.

Sometimes circumstances call for an able, yet reluctant warrior to step forward and lead, but these are far and in between. Most often it is just team of people with good intentions who need a little help. It's not always your job to lead the movement, but to help the leadership and the team find its way.

Godspeed and I look forward to seeing you in The Players Lounge.

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