5 Ways You Can Be A Better Leader Today
By Jeremiah Miller, Forging Leaders
"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something because HE wants to do it." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower.
There are two approaches to getting what you want. I call these two methods Push and Pull.
Push is, predictably, being pushy. Pushing looks like demanding, intimidating, pleading, manipulating. When you push, you are trying to get them to do it because YOU want them to do it.
Pushing can get you what you want in that moment; but it will never get you more than you ask for. Bosses who Push get the bare minimum from their employees; just enough to keep their jobs. When parents push, they get kids who stick to the letter of the law, but do their best to avoid delivering on the spirit of the law; they hide their broccoli under their napkin, or they push their toys under the bed in order to "clean their room."
The thing is, Pushing pushes people apart. Pushing ruins relationships. If your employees are spending their work-time on monster.com, if your kids move out as soon as they are able, if you're marriage has more resentment than love, you've been a busy Pusher.
As General Eisenhower said, there is another way.
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