Leadership is often counterintuitive.
The normal way we see leadership in Business, Institutions, or Non-Profits is as a linear command-and-conquer strategy. Usually we see C-level executives, no matter what type of organization, who set the course for the rest of a company, including those who may or may not understand the “whys” around the decisions being made.
Last week, I spent some time with a highly successful Hedge Fund Manager from Chicago. His basic business model is to go and buy companies within the range of $50 – $100M in revenues. We talked about the difference between entrepreneurs who hold on to the equity in their business, and those who can see how to incentivize employees to produce more.
At the heart of the discussion
was the ability to find out
what each individual person needs and wants.
Entrepreneurs want to see their business creations grow and be viable in the marketplace, but they hold on tight to the equity in the company they’ve created. The leaders of these companies are interested in profits, but rarely see beyond simply cash out to actually holding a stake in the game.
The employees of the company are often looking for safety and security, but have no idea what it means to have a stake in the profit game or hold onto company equity.
So when you approach a deal like this,
it’s important you see how to work out a system
where everyone wins.
That’s leadership in any type of organization,
profit or non-profit.
Leadership isn’t about demanding your way, but rather how can you lead others to success as well. When the hedge fund managers convince the entrepreneurs to sit down and share equity with the leadership team, and the leadership team shares profits of the sale of the company with employees, everybody wins.
Leadership Design Group is committed
to working this way in their ongoing,
creative ways of helping to design leaders
for all types of organizations.
Looking for ways to help others find their needs first, helps develop leaders for the future. True Leaders have the ability to go and see in the hearts and minds of others, and lead for the good of those rather than always seeking their own needs and desires first.