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What Do the Best Leaders Do? (It’s Not What You Might Expect)

According to a recent article by Yoshito Hori, President of GLOBIS, the best leaders do … nothing.

That’s right: nothing.

What does he mean by that? He can’t really mean ‘nothing’, can he?

Well, not exactly. A good leader puts all the pieces in place for an organization to function well … and then moves aside to let the people in the organization do what they do best.

He says, “The best way to grow the organization is to get your employees to grow into leaders themselves—by encouraging them to develop new skills and perform at the very edge of their abilities”.

A truly effective leader knows that with the right people, their job isn’t to oversee every minor detail of the business and micromanage employees, but to encourage and educate. Once your employees are engaged and given the chance to excel, your responsibilities as the CEO will change.

businessmen-926343-mHoti argues, and I agree, that this change is a very good thing. That gives you – the leader – time to develop yourself, think about the big picture, and pursue extras like attending conferences, hosting seminars, writing thought-leadership pieces, and so on.

Of course, as the article points out, a great leader still needs to be ready to take action when necessary. But that’s the key – when necessary.

I think this is a fantastic article. To Hoti’s message of “thought-leader always; action-leader when needed”, I would add one more important part to the role of the CEO: lead storyteller!

A great CEO spends time walking around, catching people doing the right things, and then telling stories to others of those actions. They promote stories of employees who align with the company’s vision and core values. These stories are far more compelling and memorable than a company newsletter or Town Hall Meeting.

Not to mention, doing this gets the CEO out and among the real people who make the organization tick. It’s the employees who know the customers best, and have the clearest view of what the issues of the company are.

The CEO needs to listen well and become a master storyteller.

>> I can help you become a better leader and create a high performance culture of engaged employees. The first step is to measure the current engagement situation at your company. Contact me today to chat about your business.

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P.S. A thank you to Kim Vogel, leadership trainer, for bringing this article to my attention!

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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