John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.
As I sat across the table watching the man talk, I could physically see his mouth moving, but my mind wouldn't allow me to listen anymore. I had heard all I needed to hear after 20 minutes of what felt like an echo of "I's" and the importance of the almighty dollar. Truth be told, I had high hopes going into the meeting because I knew what he had accomplished as a entrepreneur and businessman. Unfortunately, he left me disappointed, thinking, "Just because you are a good in business doesn't mean you are a good leader."
It didn't take long for a new employee to ask the question, "Why do we even have Quarterly Business Reviews? No one likes them and most people feel worse about themselves when they are over." It caught me off guard because I expected the question from a long standing team member, but not from a newbie. I paused and thought, "Do I defend our QBR's to the death, stop them immediately, or evaluate their format and/or delivery method?"
After surveying thousands of organizational leaders, interviewing hundreds of leaders on the "Follow My Lead" Podcast and being a true student of leadership for many years, it's beyond evident to me there is an upper echelon of leaders.
Everybody loves to focus on the things you must do to be a great leader. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this approach, it's often our weaknesses or things we don't know that end up hurting us the most.
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