The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.
Proverbs 14:28 (MSG)
In golf, the driver is the club you use at the beginning of each hole to drive the ball as close as possible to your objective. In your computer, everything that functions like a printer, mouse, keyboard, etc., does so because of a little program called a driver. When you get onto a bus or take a cab, Uber, Lyft, things like that, you rely on a driver to get you there.
When you get into your own car to go anywhere, you become the driver. You don’t actually make the car go because all you do is steer the wheels and press the accelerator. Fuel and a lot of engineering go into actually making the car move forward. You also don’t press the accelerator once at the beginning and expect to get where you’re going. You work that accelerator even when pulling into the parking lot. You, as the driver, provide all the direction that is needed to move forward and get where you intend to go.
When we work anywhere in a management capacity, we also become drivers. We all have our own little proverbial vehicles that are part of the overall direction, which is why we all need to be driving in the same direction. We don’t actually make our Stakeholders go, but we provide the steering and the acceleration to get where we intend to go. That requires a few things:
1. we have to know and agree where we intend to go;
2. we have to want to get there;
3. we have to be skilled drivers in order to drive the experience of those who go with us.
You wouldn’t get into a car with someone who doesn’t know how to drive and doesn’t know where they are going, would you? Periodically we have to assess whether we are making forward movement and then reflect on the question, “How’s my driving?”
Jack Welch said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”