High achievers want to get things done now. Leading by permission requires them to do so. High achievers sometimes intimidate their followers. They must learn how to work with others. People do not get ahead unless they know how to work with people and get behind other people. How?
- Make a choice to care about others
- Look for something likable in every person you meet
- Discover what is likeable in yourself and share it with others
- Make an effort every day to express what you like about every person in your life.
The heart of leadership is dealing with people. The higher the rank, the more interpersonal and human the undertaking. Top executives spend 90 percent of their time on the “messiness” of people’s problems. Good leaders are able to look at hard truths, see people’s flaws, face reality, and do it in a spirit of grace. They don’t avoid problems, they solve them.
Reference: John C Maxwell (2011) The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential. New York: Center Street Publishing