RSS Engaging or Engaged? There’s a definite difference.

How many leaders do you know that are personable and easy to like, yet appear to lack sincerity or create real value to their organization?  Such is the dilemma I observe in organizations where leaders are actively engaging in day-to-day “PR” activities , but are not truly engaged in the firm’s long-term success. In today’s post, I want to emphasize that good leaders demonstrate both an interest and an aptitude to work in their organization as well as the desire and drive to work on their organization.

 And, leaders need to realize their employees are watching and learning.

 Consider the following leadership types, both of which are important, but create different outcomes and perceptions. On one hand you have a leader who prefers to spend the bulk of his or her time leveraging personal notoriety at professional or social engagements in order to create tangible value for the organization. This is certainly an important and necessary activity in a leader’s professional tool kit, and one that demonstrates active engagement in the business.  On the other hand you have a leader who prefers to spend the bulk of his or her time ensuring that employees are being utilized in their highest and best use thereby successfully matching personal interests, knowledge and skills with the specific jobs to be performed. This too is a very important attribute of a leader and demonstrates how one “works on” the business rather than simply “working in” the business.

 To me, when it comes to deciding how much time one spends engaging in business vs. engaged in the  business, a leader must consider the individual and collective success of his or her team members as a top priority. This is accomplished by helping team members balance personal strengths and skill sets with those activities required to accomplish organizational strategic objectives. Being a leader comes with a heavy expectation from all of your stakeholders. It isn’t enough that you are simply “engaging” or that you are “engaged.”  There is a definite difference between the two, and you need to balance your time sufficiently to do both well.

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