No longer does it feel like leaders have to rule with an iron fist, not care about the people being lead, or are afraid to show vulnerability in front of those people. Instead it is encouraged to be a servant leader, to be committed to the development of people, and to try and create more leaders, not more followers.
It didn’t take long before I was completely hooked and had immersed myself into the Winners Dream – A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, by SAP CEO Bill McDermott. Bill’s story is unique and one that truly is the American dream. Below are 8 keys to being a better leader, professional and person that I took away from Mr. Bill McDermott.
Most leaders regardless of tenure stray from keeping their purpose, mission and vision at the forefront of everything that they do. They focus on the lagging KPI’s not the leading KPI’s. This causes employees to be unsure of why they come to work, unfilled in the work that they do, and a culture focused solely on results instead of the process.
Problems and challenges aren’t new in the workpleace, but the insurgence of the Millennial and Gen Z workforce has created an urgency for change. In some ways it feels as though professionals want big changes to occur, but don’t know where to start. It starts with this idea of not needing permission to lead, but choosing to lead.
We’ve been told leaders care about revenue and production, (and they do) but those are just table stakes. Every business pays its employees to produce results, but that’s not what real leaders actually care about – it’s what they expect. It’s critical to differentiate between expectations and care.