“Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. I know many people at the senior-most levels of organizations who are absolutely not leaders. They are authorities, and we do what they say because they have authority over us, but we would not follow them. And I know many people who are at the bottoms of organizations who have no authority and they are absolutely leaders, and this is because they have chosen to look after the person to the left of them, and they have chosen to look after the person to the right of them. This is what a leader is.” -Simon Sinek
Author Simone Sinek delivered one of the most brilliant Ted Talks I’ve seen in quite some time. His distinction between Leaders and Authorities should be required viewing for any executive.
Ask many employees why they are unhappy at the work place and more often than not, it will have something to do with leadership. If you don’t trust management it will be very difficult to perform for them 40+ hours a week. When a supervisor doesn’t do what they say they were going to do or transparency is non-existent, trust will be broken.