Blog Author: Nelson Coulter

Leaders have the responsibility of trying to make things better. Almost always, it’s a heavy lift. H

ere’s one of my favorite definitions of leadership: The craft of moving others by influencing them to do things they would not do of their own accord, or at a pace which they would not undertake for themselves.

Leaders who fail to move organizations toward better futures often fall victim to one or some combination of the 4 DIS-es.

1) DIStrust – when leaders fail to gain the trust of organizational members or fail to foster a culture of trust in the organization.
2) DISrespect – when leaders signal lack of respect (overtly or covertly) it becomes a cancerous toxin in the system.
3) DIStancing – when leaders disregard feedback, ignore the viewpoints of the customers, or show favoritism to some (which implies disenfranchisement of others).
4) DISsonance – when leaders dishonor the time of others by allowing meetings to be ineffectual time-wasters and engagements with members to be superficial or off-putting.

As leaders, we need not delude ourselves into believing anything positive will ensue if we foster, or allow, those four DISsing dynamics to exist – or worse, to persist – in our organizations.

Get better. Every day. On purpose.

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