Any time you hold a leadership position, you face the challenge of getting people to follow the direction you think they need to go. It’s important not to burn down the barn in order to roast the pig. There are two sayings that Dr. Misner shares with aspiring leaders, in or out of BNI.
- People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Unsolicited advice is never acceptable. If you are new to a leadership position, talk to the members of a group before making sweeping changes.
- Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way. You need to learn how to work with people rather than through people. Note that this saying is about collaboration, not manipulation.
These two sayings between them form the cornerstone to great leadership.
Share your own techniques for successful leadership, or occasions when you’ve used these.
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