When a leader moves an inch, the company moves a mile
Kate MacAleavey perfectly describes our approach to leadership:
I have had C-suite executives from Fortune 200 companies look me dead in the eye and say, “Kate, this is the 7th culture transformation I have been through. They have all failed. What are you going to do differently?” I reply with, “I’m not. It’s what you are going to do differently.” This leads to a bit of a blank stare and open mouth from leaders. I then say, “I can’t do the work for you because then you haven’t learned anything and are dependent on my abilities. I am here as your gym trainer. I will work as hard as you do and at the pace you want to go at. I will guide you, but it’s up to you to put in the effort.” Then comes the silence as they mull this odd idea over. Luckily, most executives are incredibly ambitious and hungry learners. They hear my challenge and skeptically step up to the plate.
We can't control other people. The only thing we have control over are our own thoughts and actions.