Sharing a powerful article: Legendary leadership – which clock are you watching?

Peter Drucker, an Austrian-born American management consultant, who was noted as “The man who invented management” by Business Week Magazine once said, “I’m more interested in people than I am in how business works!”

While I may not agree with every single one of Peter Drucker’s statements or principles, I do, wholeheartedly, agree with this particular one. Despite the wisdom in this statement, though, it seems to have fallen on many a deaf ear. It would appear that leadership consultants and trainers, all across the land, have ignored this profound advice. In fact, many have veered away from the human element in both leadership and business altogether. These consultants and trainers seem stubbornly and, at times, even recklessly determined to understand how the business clock ticks rather than how the people clock ticks. They teach methods, best practices, and industry standards which, in their minds, most effectively develops leadership and supports growth. But, does that approach really produce better leaders and support organizational growth? In my opinion, it does not! Of course, every leader must understand his or her business and industry. However, let us not forget, people lead, and people grow businesses. Businesses don’t lead, nor do they grow businesses!

So, which clock are you watching? Understanding how the business clock ticks is important, however, what is equally, if not more, important is understanding how the people clock ticks. I, for one, believe that the vast majority of consultants and trainers over-emphasize the former and under-emphasize the later while some fail to focus on the people clock at all.

At the end of the day, people either lead, produce, and grow companies, or they don’t! When you focus solely on how the business clock ticks, this, inevitably, leads to a downward spiral in productivity and growth. Consequently, when it comes to leadership training, we need to place more emphasis on understanding how people tick and not how business ticks.

A legendary leader knows how people tick. He or she knows why people do what they shouldn’t, and why they don’t do what they should. A legendary leader knows how to touch the hearts and minds of employees because they have touched their own. He or she knows how to amass a following because they have followed what is within themselves. A legendary leader knows how to provide a clear vision for others because that vision is merely a reflection of who they are at the core.

So, once again, I ask, “which clock are you watching?”

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David Roppo

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