Yesterday, while looking for inspiration for this week’s post, I went into my post vault and found this absolute gem from something I posted back in February of 2006. In that post I wrote about a review in the NY Times of the book “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?” by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones.
There were some quotes from that book that were noted in the review, and when I re-read them yesterday I was struck by their absolutely spot on description of More Human Leadership. Mind you, I didn’t even coin that term about my leadership philosophy until 2013, but there it was, plain as day and frankly, the best description I’ve ever read.
Take a look for yourself…..my emphasis added.
“Your colleagues — potential followers — have a simple but basic need: They want to be led by a person, not by a corporate apparatchik.”
“It is unlikely that you will be able to inspire, arouse, excite or motivate people unless you can show them who you are, what you stand for, and what you can and cannot do.”
“Make no mistake: leadership is about getting results. Great leadership has the potential to excite people to extraordinary levels of achievement. But it is not only about performance; it is also about meaning. Leaders at all levels make a difference to performance. They do so because they make performance meaningful.”
Yes Rob and Gareth, it’s about being More Human. Thanks for the timely reminder that is oh so relevant in September of 2017. I’m glad I re-found these quotes, and I trust you will draw More Human inspiration from them too.