Leadership without ego : how to stop managing and start leading
If you take a chain, pile it up and then push it, what direction will it go? Nowhere you can predict and not very far. If you take it by the end and pull it, which way will it go? It will follow you.
Leadership is not about what sets you apart from those you leadâ€”itâ€™s about what binds you together. It is not about controlling othersâ€”itâ€™s about trusting others. Itâ€™s not about your achievementsâ€”itâ€™s about unleashing your teamâ€™s greatness.
In short, leadership really isnâ€™t about youâ€”itâ€™s about your people.Take Bob Davids, co-author of this book and successful leader of six businesses in fields as diverse as engineering and winemaking. His achievements often came thanks to being able to refrain from acting when others might have found intervening irresistible. By trusting his employees to be better than him in their area of responsibility and letting them act, Bob unleashed the human greatness that no one elseâ€”including employees themselvesâ€”suspected.
Yet to lead without acting does not mean doing nothing. It means creating conditions in which things happen by themselves.
Leadership Without Ego is about a transformation of the concept of leadership in the past two decades: a change of beliefs about how best to lead, along with radically different leadership practices. The ideas in this book have already changed the fortunes of hundreds of businesses and the lives of tens of thousands of employees. They can do the same for your business, your peopleâ€”and you.