We have all heard the sayings ‘below the belt’ or ‘low blow’ which are boxing terms, before they became common sayings. Nowadays the statements typically mean that a person’s words or behaviours are considered to be uncalled for, or unnecessary. The person crossed the line and perhaps got too personal with what they said.
In business the concept of a line that delineates between appropriate and inappropriate leadership also exists . . .
Leading above the line is an essential key to building and leading a great team. Staying above the line ensures personal integrity and team respect.
Think of a time you experienced someone with superior leadership skills – your favourite boss or an inspirational figure in your life. What words would you use to describe them?
– Can-do positive attitude
– Cultivate culture
– Inspire growth and change
– Focus on strengths
And how about the reverse . . . What types of words do you associate with someone who does a bad job in leadership?
– Didn’t listen
– Erratic and unpredictable
– Not in control of emotions
– Yes man – no follow-through
– Talk down to people and make them feel small
At some point, every leader has spent time below the line, but mastering your ability to be the best leader you can be is a life skill. Leading above the line will set you in good stead for any role in business. It also has a flow on effect as your team will model behaviour and attitude of their leaders.
At the end of the day, you as the leader need to reflect “the behaviour you want to see in your team”. Why not download our free ‘Lead Above the Line’ download, it is a great reminder on how to stay above the line.
Head Coach @ Business By Design
PS: How can we help your business leadership?
Business By Design has developed a program specifically designed to give future leaders the necessary insights and tools to close the skills gap, regardless of seniority or experience. In this interactive two-day workshop, we will teach your high-potential team members to:
· Make the transition from “mate” to manager
· Role model behaviour essential for leadership
· Recognise the difference between managing, coaching, and leading
· Understand the 5 levels of leadership
To learn more, download the Future Leaders Workshop brochure, or contact us today on 02 6658 0775.