Twitter, facebook, instant messaging, webex, email, yada, yada, yada.
But really, who cares anyways?
These are all tools (that supposedly help us do more with less). And that's all they are, just tools.They are not a replacement for building a relationship and connecting with people in person.
Have you had a chance to read The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner? It's a bit dry, but provides great stories about leadership and, more importantly, a simple and understandable leadership model. It's a great resource to have around the office.
The first of five Practices of Leadership they talk about in the book is "Model the Way." Here's a short excerpt:
In my two previous posts, I mentioned that leadership often requires the ability to balance sometimes opposing characteristics. In Part 1, I touched on the balance of Courage with Humility. In Part 2, I talked about the balance of Strength and Vulnerability.
The third set of characteristics that I believe is required of a successful leader is the balance of being Demanding with being Empathetic.
In my recent blog post, Courage and Humility: A Balancing Act of Leadership Characteristics, I mentioned that leadership often requires a unique balance of sometimes opposing characteristics. In Part 1, I spoke wrote about Courage and Humility.
The second set of characteristics that I believe is required of a successful leader is the balance of strength with vulnerability.
Just because you have the title of "leader" doesn't make you are a leader. And just because you don't have the title of leader doesn't mean you aren't a leader.
People are called upon to do many things - both inside and outside of the workplace. Those who have the courage to do the right things, especially when the right things are difficult to do, deserve the title of leader.
Consider the following:
We all perceive the world according to our own reality. The experiences we have had in the past and the experiences we have today all create the perceptions that we hold about other people. Those perceptions influence our biases (and we all have biases), which in turn influence our behaviors.
Sometimes our biases are so ingrained that we don't even know they exist.
To be successful leaders and successful team members we have to become aware of our biases and how they influence our interactions with others in the workplace.