We all have bosses. Our bosses have bosses. And their bosses have bosses too. It is easy to forget that the most important boss in our lives is the one that looks out at us from the mirror in the morning. That is the boss that makes our ultimate choices for us. That is the boss that guides our responses, our behaviours and our actions. And that is the boss that I will speak to in this blog.
I decided to launch this new blog because, while I am by no means an expert (in anything), I think there is something I can contribute in the ongoing search for the holy grail of leadership. Of course, I’m not sure if there is a holy grail of leadership but, as they say, it’s usually the journey that counts.
There are a lot of words out there about this topic and maybe this new blog will not tell you anything you haven’t already learned. Then again, maybe it will. Participating in it will perhaps be the only way to find out.
The goal of You’re Not the Boss of Me is to approach the notion of leadership in a simple and practical way. I hope to provide some interesting information about leadership without cluttering it up with a lot of academia; provide some links meant to enrich your own exploration; and perhaps even challenge you to try some things that you may not have considered. It is also my goal to deliver this with something of a light-hearted, sometimes even irreverent, demeanor. After all, leadership, while a serious subject is not a religion.
If you have recently been promoted from being an individual contributor to having responsibility for the performance of a group of others, this might be the place for you. If you are well practiced in the art of leadership, (as well as in the science of it), I welcome any contribution you may wish to make and will be grateful for the richness your experiences will no doubt add to this site. Either way, if learning happens, (yours and mine), it will have fulfilled its purpose.