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Dynamic Leadership


Steps of dynamic leadership

5 Personhood

  • People follow because of who you are and what you represent

4 People Development

  • People follow because of what you have done with them

3 Production

  • People follow because of what you have done with the organization

2 Permission

  • People follow because they want to

1 Position

  • People follow because they have to

“Your job is not to fix the leader. Your job is to add value. If the leader won’t change, then change your attitude or your work address.”

Adding Value

  • Develop a solid relationship with your leader
  • Identify and appreciate your leader’s strengths
  • Commit yourself to adding value to your leader’s strengths
  • Get permission to develop a game plan to complement your leader’s weaknesses.
  • Expose your leader to good leadership resources
  • Publicly affirm your leader

Leaders in the middle experience multi-hat challenges daily aka handyman syndrome.

  • Remember that the hat sets the context when interacting with others; every role (hat) has its own responsibilities and objectives.
  • Don’t use one hat to accomplish a task required for another hat
  • When you change hats, don’t change your personality
  • Don’t neglect any hat you are responsible to wear
  • Remain flexible

Leaders can set the pace. “I will go anywhere provided it’s forward.”

“While poor leaders demand respect, competent leaders command respect.”

  • People follow leaders they respect, leaders who are competent
  • People follow leaders they can approach, leaders who are consistent
  • People follow leaders they admire, leaders with commitment

Lead yourself well first

  • Manage your emotions
  • Manage your time
  • Manage your priorities
  • Manage your energy
  • Manage your thinking
  • Manage your words
  • Manage your personal life

Lifting to lighten your leader’s load

  • Lifting shows you are a team player
  • Lifting show gratitude for being on the team
  • Lifting makes you part of something bigger
  • Lifting gets you noticed
  • Lifting increases your value and influence
  • How?
    • Do your own job well first
    • When you find a problem, provide a solution
    • Tell leaders what they need to hear, not what they want to hear
    • Go the second mile
    • Stand up for your leader whenever you can
    • Stand in for your leader whenever you can
    • Ask your leader how you can lift their load

Invest in relationships

  • Listen to your leaders heartbeat
    • What makes them laugh? – These are the things that give them joy.
    • What makes them cry? – These are the things that touches them deeply.
    • What makes them sing? – These are the things that bring them deep fulfillment.
  • Know your leader’s priorities
  • Catch your leader’s enthusiasm
  • Support your leader’s vision
  • Connect with your leader’s interests
  • Understand your leader’s personality
  • Earn your leader’s trust
  • Learn to work with your leader’s weaknesses
  • Respect your leader’s family
  • Invest 10x thinking for every minute you spend with your boss; respect his time
    • Don’t make your boss think for you
    • Bring something to the table
    • When asked to speak, don’t wing it (people will know)
    • Learn to speak your boss’s language
    • Get to the bottom line
    • Give a return on your boss’s investment

CITE: The 360 Leader by John Maxwell



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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