In this Expert Insight Interview, Scott Drake discusses accelerated leadership training, employee engagement, and working better as a team of leaders. Scott Drake founded JumpCoach to reflect on his journey into leadership which was a long and painful one. He set JumpCoach up as a passion project, and it became a social enterprise, and Scott became a leader of leaders. Now he coaches, researches, and helps create a new leadership level.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- What it means to be a good leader
- Why the most compassionate people make the best leaders
- How being a leader is not about having all the answers
Meaning of Leadership
If you were to go and ask a leader how they knew they were doing a great job, they would probably not have a clear answer. The challenge of leadership is learning what it means to be a good leader and helping your team play the same game.
We all come to leadership positions from different backgrounds, so the experiences that we bring to the table are vastly different.
In the simplest of terms, leadership is working through others to get things done. This means you choose to go through other people rather than do something yourself. However, most of us come into leadership positions as experts in a particular field, so we think that being a leader means being even better at this particular field or making sure we bring everyone around us to the same level.
Unfortunately, being a great computer programmer or salesperson doesn’t automatically make someone a great leader. The person who should become the leader is the most compassionate member of the team — the person who can see the world through the eyes of the people they’re leading.
Not Having All the Answers
When people get into a leadership position, they often think they need to know everything and be experts in every aspect of their job. We live in a world where this is practically impossible, with so many specific tasks and roles, each carried out by people with the highest level of expertise.
You can’t know everything, so you have to learn how to trust others. On the other hand, you also have to trust your instincts so that you’re not being defensive all the time. You must shift your focus from trying to have all the answers to getting other people to work hard and solve problems.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.