If you were to look up Leadership, or should we say “Google it” or search on Google, you will find as of today 163 million hits about leadership. If you look at John Maxwell’s book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” in Chapter 2 there is a quote that says,
“The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence – Nothing More, Nothing Less.”
If you look at Eisenhower in The President’s News Conference from November 14, 1956, he said,
“Leadership is a word and a concept that has been more argued than almost any other I know.”
He is right. Leadership over the years has been debated, argued, researched, and still we have great leaders today saying qualities of leaders vary from industry to industry.
But I think one thing we can agree on as a leader is to “Inspire.” Do we the ability to inspire others we lead to go beyond and become great?
Time will tell, but until you walk in other leaders’ shoes and fail time after time and learn time after time, only then will you know if you are a leader.
Love to Hate
In the Food Service industry leaders are put to the test each day by our vendors, our stakeholders, our employees, and by our guests we serve. Just because you are in charge doesn’t mean you have all the answers.
My wife use to say to me, “They love to hate you.”
For a while I really didn’t know what she meant. Not until after we sold our business and we both went on to work for someone else did I realize why they “love to hate me”. It wasn’t because of the decisions I made about the business. Frankly they loved to work for us because they made a pretty good living off our restaurants. It was because of my actions towards them that made them “love to hate me”. My leadership skills back then were poor at best. So you see we all need leadership skills that make us better as leaders so we can inspire others. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter to learn more.