Originally Published March 28, 2011
Leadership is about people. It’s about working with people, for people and through people. “With” them to show you’ll put out as much as you ask of them. “For” them to assure them they have the resources, the training, the scope and the authority to do their jobs. “Through” them to focus everyone’s efforts on achieving the set and the shared goals.
Which preposition gives you the most angst — with, for or through? Do your people see that you are “with” them? Do they know that you are “for” them? Do they share the goals you’ve communicated to them providing confidence you are effectively working “through” them? What do you need to work on today?