045 – More like Yoda, Less like Superman

Part business book, part memoir, Good Authority by Jonathan Raymond is a model for applying effective leadership tactics. Leaders have the tendency to disempower their teams by offering quick solutions (Raymond calls this “Superman a situation”), instead of creating space for team members to solve problems on their own (like Yoda). Good leaders own their contribution to dysfunctional dynamics, and work to overcome those challenges, one personal conversation at a time. In this episode of The 21st Century Workplace we are joined by Raymond to discuss:

  • Blending personal and professional growth
  • Becoming the kind of leader your team is waiting for
  • Practicing applied vulnerability—own your contribution to dysfunctional dynamics
  • Superman and Yoda leadership styles—do you rush in to save the day, or provide tools for your team to help themselves?
  • The existential pit of leadership despair, and how to climb your way out
  • Four tactics for better conversations and increased employee engagement
  • How to let go of micro-managing and cultivate accountability

A lot has been said and written about employee engagement, but Raymond explores the importance of manager engagement. If you’re not having meaningful conversations with your team, they are disengaged. The good news is, you can start today. Listen to this podcast for some strategies and tactics, then start a conversation with a member of your team.

Actionable Quote
“Nobody ever learns from the experience of having been saved by Superman.” [Click to Tweet]

Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For
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