Leadership And The Human Spectrum
Updated: Dec 13, 2018
“Where is the line between being human as a leader and being too soft?”
This is a question one of my coaching clients posed after describing two different scenarios.
The first involved a professional asking to take sick time for an extended family member who was not covered as part of their sick time policy.
The second situation involved three out of twenty direct reports not submitting something in a timely fashion.
Though our coaching session included everything from how expectations were being communicated to defining “human” and creating process around accountability practices, this question about the line between human and pushover has stayed with me.
Couple of guiding questions:
What does “being human” mean to you as a leader? To those you lead? How does it show up in person? In communications? In organizational goals?
What is “being human” not?
Why does the distinction matter?
Being human and being a pushover are not synonymous.
You can act with humanity as a leader and be clear about expectations.
You can be a human leader and hold those you lead and serve accountable to equitable practices.
You can model empathy and challenge people to be better tomorrow than they were today.
What comes up for you when you hear “human leadership?”