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What happens when it gets too hot? Make sure you don't get burned
As a leader in your field, are you a thermometer or a thermostat? Yes, this may sound like an odd question at first glance. But it’s actually pretty important. Are you leading like a thermometer or a thermostat?
Think, for a second, about the difference. A thermometer is passive. If you put a thermometer in a room, it will slowly rise or fall to the appropriate temperature. It will give a reading then do very little else. It is aware of the temperature. Although this awareness serves a purpose, it’s pretty useless as a leader. A thermostat, on the other hand, is in control. It doesn’t perform a passive function. A thermostat sends a message to the heating or cooling system telling it how to act. Dutifully, the thermostat’s commands cause the heat to turn on or the air conditioner to start working. A thermostat is aware of the temperature and does something about it.
Lots of leaders think that they are successful by keeping a finger on the pulse of their subordinates. They gauge the temperature of their staff and note it. They watch from their position of power and do very little to actually change the climate. They will see ... more
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