I am a big fan of Jon Gordon and his newsletters, books and theories.
He recently published some work on differences between a good and a great leader. There are, as you imagine, quite a few theories out there. The difference between doing a good and doing a great job. Going the extra mile, leading by example, being a go-to person, being seen in the industry, being a though leader and thought provoker. Just doing your job isn’t good enough if you want to go up the career ladder.
So Jon argues that good isn’t good enough and that the times we live in are asking for great leaders. The ones that have can turn it up a nudge.
Good leaders get people to believe in them.
Great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.
Good leaders say “Watch what I can do.”
Great leaders say “Let me show you what you can do.”
Good leaders catch fish for others so they can eat today.
Great leaders teach people how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.
It is about sustainability. It is about being able to transfer the belief, enthusiasm and passion to one’s subordinates. Leading by example just isn’t good enough any more.
The impact of a great leader is felt throughout the organisation.
Of course if you like further details or inspiration, please see Jon’s page (www.jongordon.com). He himself is a great leader, showing us how to fish. Showing us how to drive the bus.
Thanks for being inspiring.