Question: I’m a member of the senior leadership team at a company in the Milwaukee area. I saw your column “Style matters: Would you follow yourself?” in the March 18 issue of Biz Times Milwaukee. The sub-title struck home for me. Our company is in the midst of a transition (e.g., new products, new markets, and even a new building for our headquarters). While there is a lot of activity, it seems like employees aren’t very enthusiastic of excited about the changes underway. This includes the senior leadership team. People seem to be just going through the motions. I keep asking myself, “Where’s the passion?” As leaders, what can we do to break through this malaise?
Answer: In the column the reader references, I wrote about the concept of “leadership style,” the idea that each of us has a characteristic way of leading, and that if we are intentional about it, we can flex our leadership style in response to situational needs. I made the point that leadership must be defined in terms of “followership.” In other words, if you‘re leading and no one’s following, then you’re not leading.
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