Time to Lead

In good times and in bad, one thing people want is leadership. They want reassurance, they want to know what the point of it all is, they want to be acknowledged and appreciated, challenged, and inspired.

While I firmly believe everyone can be a good leader, not everyone has the will. Some are not ready for the responsibility, scarred, perhaps by bad experiences. Mulish leaders enjoy the power and perks of the position, but they don’t care too much about the people. These are lousy leaders, driven primarily by unchecked ego and greed, and when good people chose not to lead, lousy leaders fill the void. I hope you agree that we don’t need that kind of energy in 2021.

We, as always, need leaders with stamina, empathy, intelligence, and dignity. Humanity requires organizations to perform in ways that benefit people, the planet, and profits. It’s this century’s triple bottom line and is a requirement for success, not a “nice to have.”

Some of you are inclined to focus on results, others on relationships. Here’s a newsflash for those who have not been paying attention — both are required to be successful. That means you must collaborate with others who have a disposition that differs from your own, and you must cultivate skills that may be challenging to you. Welcome to adulthood.

Everyone acknowledges that 2020 was difficult, by many measures, and you persevered. You should not expect that 2021 or any subsequent years will get easier. We have many considerable challenges ahead of us. I’d like to see you take the lead in confronting a few of those challenges without becoming a jerk. When you’re ready, give me a call. I’d like to see if there’s a way to assist you.

Originally published at http://www.bimshasconsulting.com on January 1, 2021.

--

--

--

Boston-bred and California-chilled Leadership Adviser | Writer | Podcast Host who helps busy professionals who want to manage better and lead well.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

The Biggest Problem with Overlooking the Importance of Project Management, And How to Fix It.

How Being Nice to People Makes Your Business Grow

Takeaways for Great Teamwork

Making Change Happen in 5 Phases

Why You Want A Mentor, Not A Manager

Followers Define the Morals and Ethics of Leadership

A Leader’s Character

The 5 Hallmarks of Great Teams

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Karl Bimshas

Karl Bimshas

Boston-bred and California-chilled Leadership Adviser | Writer | Podcast Host who helps busy professionals who want to manage better and lead well.

More from Medium

A Better Personal Leadership Plan

5 Key Lessons That I Learned about Managing People After a Year of Caregiving for Two Toddlers

A man gives a presentation to a group in a conference room.

How Coaching Saved My Life As A Manager

How to Get Past “No” and Get Your Ideas off the Ground