To all real business people, I say stop encouraging leadership at work.
Actually, go the whole hog. Stop this leadership nonsense altogether.
What are leaders supposed to do? That’s right, leaders are supposed to create a passionate vision that will inspire me to live up to my full potential.
Well, guess what. If you manage to get me up there, I’m gone. Working for you will never reflect my full potential. Working for you is a necessity — I must eat.
What your organization needs, and what I need, is a manager. Someone who knows how to manage me to do my job, perform my duties, play my role, deliver as promised, whatever you want to call it. And my manager must manage me in a way that the organization reaps the best of my abilities while I am at work.
Enough with the leadership dreams. It’s time to manage me.