Whenever I’m speaking or working with coaching clients, I often get asked questions about leadership.
More specifically, “what does it take to be a great leader?”
Talk about a million dollar question.
Though I can say so many things about what it takes to be a great leader, allow me to use a simple analogy.
The Secret Behind Great Leadership
The difference between an average leader and a great leader is the difference between a thermostat and a thermometer.
A thermometer reads the temperature in the room. If the room is cold, a thermometer will tell you the room is cold. If the room is hot, a thermometer will tell you the room is hot. A thermometer is designed to reflect the current temperature of the room.
A thermostat is different.
A thermostat controls the temperature in the room. If the room needs to be cool, a thermostat with adjust the temperature if it gets too warm. If the room needs to be warm, a thermostat with adjust the temperature if the room gets to cool. A thermostat is designed to regulate the temperature based on what you set.
Great leaders operate like thermostats. They provide exactly what’s wanted and needed to elevate their team, and in the process, complete the task at hand.
Great leadership knows how to inspire, motive and empower those around them to drive desired outcomes. They know when to speak up and take charge. They also know when to fall back and let others lead.
More importantly, great leadership is adaptable. It’s able to weather any storm and stand the test of time because it’s only mission is to serve others. However that may look.
When it comes to your everyday life, are you a thermometer or a thermostat?