Friday, February 14, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 45

Effective relish labor of the body+mind; we must be as comfortable with the physical as the mental.

The effective leader is happy to get both her hands dirty and her mind engaged.  Leadership is both a physical and mental activity, and if we are going to be effective leaders, we must understand that there are times when our work requires us to be minds-on, other times when it requires us to be hands-on, and then still others when both minds and hands must be engaged.

This doesn't mean that we have to be totally comfortable with both forms of labor.  Simply put, leadership requires us to use our hands and minds, regardless of where our comfort level stands.

So, for those of us who are more comfortable with the physical, we must surround ourselves with those who can help us get our creative and innovative processes going.

If we're much more mental, then we need others to help us draw out our physical sides, as sometimes we need to build tangible things, as opposed to building ideas and procedures.

In any event, all the shoveling I've done over the last few days has made me realize how important it is to be a multi-dimensional leader; someone who does as much as he thinks.  In reality, we can get just as much of a sense of accomplishment from using our hands as using our minds.  Both are necessary to leading today.

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