“Great leaders” — Great leaders come in all sizes and shapes and have very different personalities and strengths. The one thing they have in common is followers — employees — who follow because they want to, not because they have to. Leaders with followers — again, employees — who follow only because they have to are relying largely on the power of their position. “Do as I say because I am your supervisor” is unlikely to create willing followers. Great leaders develop these committed, willing followers by articulating a better future, by developing trusting relationships and by producing results for the group as a whole.
Leadership Lesson: “Great leaders rally people to a better future!”
Bob Milligan is Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies LLC and Professor Emeritus at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He can be reached at email@example.com or 651-647-0495.