Here’s a surprise for many people in Jobs At The Top: You are the strongest force in your company.
If you don’t feel that way — you can’t possibly be doing your job well enough.
But take heart. Most people can. It’s those who believe unquestionably in themselves, and in the nobility of what they’re trying to make happen.
This isn’t an argument about style because most styles are anchored in love of self and duty work. You could be a “scorch the earth” gladiator or a soft-spoken pacifist. It’s not your angle of attack that counts; it’s your own deep confidence in who you are and your unassailable belief in the goodness of your mission. Because these two attributes drive the degree to which the rest of your organization reflects and is inspired by your style, top to bottom.
Said differently, we’d all be better off if our business bookshelves were full of titles on “followership,” not leadership. Our Jobs At The Top are to demonstrate clear motivation and ideals for followers and to weed out those who don’t fit. Cohesive organizations, regardless of style at the top, have power. Divided ones don’t.
How do you make yours cohesive? By capitalizing on a common trait of human nature.
The power of emulation!
People want clear signals and strength of character at the top, regardless of the style. If you’re unwavering on both fronts, the power of emulation just kicks in. Not only does it inspire others to be like you, it also expunges the outliers. Many will leave on their own. Your helping the reluctant to get on board, fast, or be pushed out will be met with applause.
If that is not what’s going on in your organization, it’s because you’re wavering on one or both fronts.
In either instance, the power of emulation, and the degree to which it’s working for you, is worth your conscious monitoring and attention. If it’s high, what’s gotten it there and how do you keep it? If not, where’s the flaw? Is it your confidence in yourself? Or your soulful commitment to your organization’s intention?
Also think about how much you love yourself and what you are trying to get done in your 20 minutes, alone, three times a week. Are you worthy of emulation?