Thoughtless leadership comes with a price. From top to bottom, it hurts the morale and success of a team. It negatively impacts business metrics. It can destroy a brand. Those were the thoughts that ran through my head as I read about a boneheaded leader eliminating one half of the talent pool in their organization. I wondered, “Is there a time when we should not follow the leader?” I believe there is.
We are students of leadership and excellence, so what can we learn from a soft-spoken 23 year old kid who won American Idol a few years back? Plenty. I experienced it first hand when I was in the front row for a live concert with Phillip Phillips and his band (the band is key to this conversation). It was November 8th, and they were the headliner act after the Savannah Marathon. Through the close up and personal view of my telephoto lens (check out the photos!) I observed Phillip Phillips demonstrate three very important leadership lessons. Let’s review them together.
One of the best things about coaching colleagues is the gift they give back; you’ve both had the chance to watch each other in action. There’s no better way to judge someone’s amazing talent than through a “live audition.” This gift of observation is precious when people make the time to talk about it. I experienced this recently – here’s what went down.
Business fabric has changed, believe me! Today, employees play an equal role, if not more, in deciding the future of the organization or product. Organizations can’t afford to ignore this reality because the costs are too high. After all who wants to go out of business!