I used to sing in with a jazz quartet. The drummer taught me a simple lesson in leadership philosophy, and a great way to lead by example. Think about this: As a leader, do you picture yourself walking or running?
Have you ever watched a drummer in a band? Talk about patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. Drummers have one foot on the bass drum, one foot on the high hat, and sticks or brushes in both hands. To an untrained eye, it’s a blur, especially when the music is fast. I asked him how he did that. He said a coach once told him that “no matter how fast the beat is, picture yourself walking, not running.”
Leadership philosophy – Picture yourself walking, not running.
I found that “walking, not running” is good advice for how leaders view our busy days. It’s also a good way to lead by example. ! How often does our own perception of our activities actually undermine our progress? If we think we’re harried, we are, and then we lose our focus and our confidence. Becoming a confident leader means thinking we can handle our tasks, so we’re much more likely to do so successfully.
How do you picture yourself:
- When you have more to do by the end of the day than you expected?
- When you’re racing to complete the tasks on your list?
- When three employees are all needing a moment of your time?
- When you are nearing the deadline for your project?
Try picturing yourself at a walking pace, efficiently handling your tasks in a prioritized order. To others, you’ll still look like a blur, just like the drummer. But, inside you’ll be centered, calm, focused and effective. You’re becoming a confident leader.