While tidying up in the study recently, I came across an e-book that Seth Godin published in December 2009, called What Matters Now. As I flicked through it, I came across a raft of good ideas that might help me get going again. So for a few entries, I’ll be drawing inspiration from this source – starting with Michael Hyatt‘s entry.
Leadership is more than influence. It is about reminding people of what it is we are trying to build – and why it matters.
Simply, leaders must be vision-centric. We must always start with why, explaining and instilling the purpose.
I found myself in a situation yesterday that brought this into focus for me. I was explaining (or trying to) the rationale for a project to a group of staff. Instinctively, they wanted to know the details of how we were going to tackle it. I listened, but kept pulling the conversation back to why we were doing it. If we know clearly why we’re doing it, we can deal with the how as we progress. The how is changeable, the why is fixed.