Cheerleader or Chair Leader

Are you a cheerleader or a chair leader?

Have you seen a cheerleader doing their work? If you’ve attended a sporting event, you’ve seen cheerleaders and understand their role. Smiling, enthusiastic, positive. If you’ve ever been to Sam’s Club (the warehouse club) early in the morning, you might have witnessed one of  their pep rallies. It can be used to review the previous day, announce a change in policy, or just a way to get the staff geared up for the day ahead. It can also be a great way to recognize or reward team members for their achievements.

What about a chair leader? This is the type of person that usually sits behind a desk and delivers instructions. They might be a person who has never served in the field. Yet, due to their degree or pedigree, they hand out textbook answers in order to micro-manage. They only talk and rarely listen. I think of this position like Pharaoh from the “Ten Commandments” barking orders and edicts from their throne.

Cheer on your team to bigger and better results.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

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