What would you want a leader to say to you? I want to follow leaders that allow me to lead. I want them to expect me to lead, prompt me to lead, and tell me to confront and question their decisions. This is what I would want a leader to say to me.
I want you to be awesome, at everything. That means that investing in you is top priority for me. If you ever wonder, should I ask about this? Should I take up time with this question? Should I ask for feedback? The answer is yes, yes and more yes. Learn now, not later. I would take now over later any time.
Challenge me. Confront me. Tell me why I’m wrong and how you can do it better. Then, do it better. Own it. Make it awesome.
When it comes time for your review, I want to give you only excellent marks. Excellence everywhere, in all categories, means we’re all excellent. I want to announce to the company that you’re an incredible asset to our team and the company as a whole. I want to tell people on tours that without you we could not do what we do.
So start doing more awesomeness now. Start leading now. I know, you’re leading in every way you can think of, but I know I can still improve, which means you can too.
You have never been on a team with as much opportunities for leadership as this one. Every category, everything we do, is an opportunity to lead.
I want you to lead. I need you to lead. When you’re old and sitting in a rocking chair on a porch, I want you to look back on your time working on this team and say, “That was incredible! I loved working on that team—I grew more working on those projects than anything else.”
What makes awesome, awesome? Being serious about every decision. And then laughing along the way. We’re here to change the world. I will never apologize for that.
What would you want a leader to write to you? How will it change the way you lead? You can always take responsibility for the way you lead.
(Part of being awesome is learning to creatively sprint. I was inspired to write this post after I read Catherine Caine’s “How to Be a Successful Creative Sprinter” on ProBlogger.com. The link to Seth Godin’s Linchpin is an affiliate link.)