Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading a book entitled, “Bo’s Lasting Lessons” by Bo Schembechler. It’s been quite an interesting read and after speaking to a number of young leaders I’ve decided to pass this information along:
You can throw cold water on people to let them know things are going to be different around here from now on. That’s just smart.
But it’s something completely different to do the same thing to the institution your taking over. That’s just stupid!
Let me be clear as I can be about this: When you become the leader, do not start your reign by dismantling or ignoring the contributions of those who came before. The history of your organization is one of your greatest strengths, and if you’re new to the organization, it’s your job to learn it, to respect it and to teach it to the people coming up in your company.
Let me explain. One of the most common mistakes new leaders make – and I just can’t for the life of me understand this one – is to ignore the history of the organization they just took over, or even to disrespect it. That, to me, is the mark of a weak leader – and one who’s probably not going to last very long.”
God bless and Have a wonderful day!