Champion Leadership Tip #40 – Leading Is Like Playing the Guitar

Every time I’ve picked up the guitar to play or practice this summer I’ve had to tune it. The varied humidity during the summer months makes the string tensions more varied than at other times during the year.leading people is like tuning a guitar.

Each string has to be adjusted differently. Some are very far out of tune while others just need a slight tweak to get them back.

This morning with the guitar hanging from my neck I looked down at the tuner on the edge of the guitar’s body and began to test and adjust each string.

After tuning the second string my focus pulled back slightly and I saw the entire six strings in full view and I recognized them as a unit, a team. And, I realized these were the ‘team members’ I needed to help me achieve my goal of playing the guitar properly in tune.

I then realized that the act of tuning the guitar is similar to leading a team of people.

Each one is different. Each is different in terms of its size, weight, texture, tension, its strength and the sound it makes. Each one also has strengths in certain situations and weaknesses in others.

Just like the people we lead in organizations.

Some days our people are in tune. Some days they need tuning. Some days they are ready to go and some days they need an attitude or motivation adjustment.

One day last week right in the middle of playing a song, one of the strings broke and I had to replace it with a new string. Sometimes that happens to our team members, too.

In leadership its important to remember that every person on our team is a unique human being with dreams, desires, aspirations, personal frailties and insecurities, but also great strengths.

As leaders we need to learn how to play those we lead. I don’t mean in a manipulative, condescending way, but in a way that helps bring out the best in them.

We need to get to know them so that we can help them fine tune their approach, their attitudes, their skills and knowledge so they can help us, in conjuntion with their co-workers/teammates play beautiful music for our organizations.

If you would like to learn the techniques to lead like a champion so you can begin tuning your team into performing like a champion, download a recording of my September 9, 2010 TeleSeminar FREE at the link below:

“The 3 Leadership Strategies Champion Organizations Master That Too Many Leaders Take for Granted”

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’til next time, make it a great week!