Jun 11, 2018
Has your company tried to implement leadership training that
ended up doing absolutely nothing for the leaders or the employees?
If so, you’re not alone, and it’s because they’re missing a key
component in what makes a great leader: accountability. Today’s
guest, Vince Molinaro is an expert on the subject. In fact, he
wrote the book on it, The Leadership
Contract. He and Laurie talk about the 5 behaviors of
accountable leaders and ways to fix a disengaged, broken
Vince Molinaro is a thought leader and consultant, and author of
the fantastic book, The Leadership Contract.
- We all have our stories about work and the leadership we
experienced, some good and some bad. But some of them are just
lukewarm. Dead and dull, the daily grind, even in sectors where the
work itself is life-changing. Vince shares the story of his time at
a company like that, and the heartbreaking reason why the
turnaround his mentor and leader spearheaded ended up failing and
the toxicity that was behind a curtain. This experience is what set
Vince on his path of thought leadership.
- Vince’s former mentor and boss was the epitome of great
leadership. Not only did she have what Vince calls leadership ESP,
but she also shielded him and the other employees from the toxicity
of upper management. All that Vince does, he does in memory of his
mentor. She inspired him to work only with truly great
- Is there one, standard definition of what great leadership is,
or does it vary from organization to organization? Vince has spent
a long time learning and researching that very questions, and what
he’s found is that while companies are investing more and more in
leadership programs, they aren’t happy with the outcomes. It all
comes down to accountability.
- Vince shares the 5 behaviors that describe a truly accountable
leader: holds others to high standards of performance, is excited
about the company and shows that enthusiasm every day, has the
courage to tackle tough issues and the courage to have difficult
conversations, knows how to cascade and communicate strategy, and
one who keeps their eyes truly open.
- Models of businesses and leadership are changing, so do those
behaviors still hold true? Laurie and Vince discuss how we are more
dependent on each other than ever before, and how leadership
doesn’t just come from the top. If companies are going to succeed,
they need a new brand of leadership accountability.
- How can you be accountable if you don’t have any real power?
Mid-level managers face this dilemma all the time, as Laurie points
out, and Vince explains what a dual response is and what it means
for you AND your upper management leaders.
- Laurie points to the chicken and egg problem with trying to
find future leaders in a workforce that is largely disengaged. She
and Vince talk about the huge opportunities companies have missed
and instead have tried foosball tables and cafeterias to increase
engagement. For example, focusing on leader engagement sets off a
ripple effect throughout the entire company.
- Don’t kill the souls of the people who work for you. Please. Do
us all a favor and take Vince’s advice on how to get your passion
back and become engaged once again in your role as a leader. First
of all, you have an obligation to lead. Leadership is a contract
(which is why he named his book The Leadership Contract). But you
ALSO have an obligation to yourself to fulfill, and that is to ask
yourself whether you’re really meant for a leadership role.
- Vince brings a measure of optimism to Laurie’s normal cynicism,
and he shares his thoughts on how you can fix work for yourself.
Yes, the robots are coming. There’s AI. There’s employee
disengagement all around. But then there’s YOU. You have a wealth
of experience in the trenches, and Vince reveals how you can be the
change you hope to see at work and the tremendous opportunities
that await you.
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