Leadership - Is it a 40 hour per week job or something more

February 1, 2015

I was in a quarterly business review and we were having a conversation around leadership.  We were discussing the fact that the current leader in place wasn't checking in over the weekends with his associates, didn't bring his laptop home each day or over the weekend and how he didn't even check in to understand the well-being of his team.  At the end of each day he would drop all responsibilities at the door and everyone was expected to fend for themselves.  "Good luck - see ya on Monday"  

That's when it hit me and I blurted out "leadership is not a 40 hour a week job"!!!!!   Notice my language is very specific - I reference leaders not managers; why is that?  They have very different meanings.

Merriam-Webster dictionaries definition of a manager is A person who controls the activities, business dealings, and other aspects of the career of an entertainer, athlete, group of musicians...

David Casullo’s definition of leadership is Leadership is the collective action of everyone you influence. Your behavior – your actions and your words – determine how you influence

The definition of a manager utilizes the word control whereas the definition of a leader states that a leader is your behavior, your words and action.  

What does that mean?  
Does it mean that the expectation of a leader is to work hours and hours more than one that doesn't impact the lives of others?   

It means that you are leader 7 days a week 24 hours a day!  You don’t choose to be a leader Monday – Friday, 9 – 5, it’s a way of being all the time!!   

My challenge to you is to reflect and answer the following:

Are you just "clocking in”?  
Are you leading everywhere in your life?  

 If you’re just clocking in or leading only in certain places/times, what’s getting in your way of creating that experience everywhere?!  

Leadership is a privilege and gift that changes & transforms people’s lives...and if you’re living an integrated lifestyle, it transforms your life as well.

Believe in yourself, believe in others – what could that create?


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