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Leadership Notes -- Thoughts on Leading People and Making a Difference in Organizations

 

Word count this issue: 147

 

 

Estimated reading time:  1:15

 

Good morning, the sea is calm and the sky is grey; a good morning for introspection. 

 

I was working with a coaching client last week, (I have their permission to mention this), and they used an evocative phrase about leadership:

 

“The leader’s perfume [cologne] should not hang around too long 

after they leave the room.”

 

I wonder what that phrase brings to mind for you?

 

For me, there are at least 3 points:

 

  • Don’t micro-manage,
  • Leverage the diversity of your team’s brains,
  • Your presence will last for a while even after you leave a room, what scent do you want to leave? Distasteful, overpowering, stifling or welcoming, supporting, and encouraging. 

 

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts about what this phrase evokes in you about leadership.