“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep. I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” What a great quote.
Earlier today I was thinking about how much my Department has changed under new leadership. Our current Director is a lion. The brilliance of his leadership is that he doesn’t necessarily expect you to transform into a lion but he damn sure expects you to pick up some lion traits.
He doesn’t expect you to be brave enough to take the brunt of a leadership smack-down but you better be brave enough to tell him the truth. And you better be brave enough to face his roar.
Some may disagree, but I think our Department is better for it. Many of us are receiving coaching and learning opportunities that were never available before. We are learning our limits and exploring areas for improvement. I noticed an increased sense of ownership and personal accountability. My team members have shifted from asking, “Why do we have to fix it if it’s not broken?” to asking “How can be make this work in the most efficient way possible?”
It may seem counter-intuitive, but when you have a strong leader, it removes some of the fear of failure. You know their roar is indeed as bad as their bite but you also know that you will never be left standing alone. There is loyalty and strength in a lion. What better protector could you ask for?
Pinquote by Limitless.2015