The Last Lecture – Leadership Lesson 2

I found the Randy Pausch Last Lecture video and book very uplifting and inspiring – full of life and leadership lessons. If you haven’t seen the video, you can see it here … and you can get the book here.

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Drive Carefully

“Just because you’re in the drivers seat, doesn’t mean you have to run people over”. (pg 23)

How many times do we see leaders in a position of power who use that power in a destructive way? – too many.

Traveling the other day, I met a flight instructor the other day who explained to me she was returning home from a training program where on the last day to close out the training, her boss had the opportunity to make all in attendance leave on a high note. But instead, for some unknown reason he chose to berate them and threaten them with their jobs if they didn’t do a better job … Nice !!

My experience tells me that when you are fortunate to be in a position to have 130 members of your team at any function, it is your job as a leader to provide some inspiration – get everyone fired up and excited about themselves and your company.

You do this with positive reinforcement of your direction, recognition, and rewards for the top performers in front of their peers – you give a reason for every single person to want to have a ticket to be on your bus. The person I met was going home to think about finding another job (actually finding another boss).

You may be in the drivers seat, but your team is on the bus and you should be taking them to where you want to go – “drive carefully”.

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