Say the Why, Lead the WaySep 20, 2021
by Aubrey Patterson
Imagine giving your family a 1000 piece puzzle this Thanksgiving.
You show a beautiful picture that adorns the box, then empty the pieces onto a large table, and say how much fun this will be.
Everyone is excited to get started.
So, feeling a sense of accomplishment, you leave and take the box with you.
Say the why, lead the way.
It’s certainly valuable to identify our why.
We encourage this for individuals and teams.
But with a caveat ...
Our why is a point of demarkation and a reference guide, but not a finish line.
Too many leaders stop with why and walk away with the vision, losing their team once the work begins.
He who thinks he leads but has no followers is only taking a walk. (John Maxwell)
Leadership is more than mountaintop moments and trendy declarations. It requires us to be present, modelling the values of the team, and keeping the vision alive.
Impactful leaders say the why and lead the way.
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