Recently, Will Lukang wrote about Authentic Leaders and stated "Authentic leaders have integrity and lead with compassion for their people. Like all other leaders they have the vision, insight, influence and followers. But the difference between a regular and authentic leader is that the authentic leaders care. They truly care about their constituents"....."The world is changing and competition is all around us. The need for authentic leaders is more important than ever. If you’re in position of authority, ask yourself the question: Is doing the right thing your way of doing things? Are you there to serve or be served? Hopefully your answers are doing the right thing and to serve your constituents." Read on...
And Dan Rockwell writes:"How do you want others to feel when they are around you?
- Like you are smart or like they are smart?
- Like they have great ideas or like you have great ideas?
- Like they are stars or like you are a star?"
The bottom line is people take jobs because of people and they leave jobs because of people and that applies right across the board.
In Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words, John Spence speaks to just that when he says "When I was hired, my first boss was mean and aggressive and paranoid. I loved my job. I loved the people I worked with. I was absolutely enthralled with the work I was doing. But I would get up every morning, shaking as I put my clothes on, and drive home from work crying every day because my boss, my “leader,” was so tyrannical that it was just painful.
I learned a huge lesson about the impact leaders have on other people’s lives. Whether you lead two people or 20,000 people, you have a huge obligation, responsibility, and incredible impact on the joy, the balance, the love, and the fun in people’s lives. You can either make their work exciting and fun or make their lives a living hell."
It's all about choice; Human-Based Leader or Power-Based, command and obey leader.