by: Jerry Whitaker
Important dates seem to be ones used for our time of employment. These would be the date you started at a job and the date you either were promoted or left employment. As leaders, I think the most important date is not a date at all, but your “Leadership Dash”. Let me explain.
As a leader, the time you spend, i.e. 1992-2016, is the “-” not the dates. The dash is the time you spend investing in your team. Your team and your business is a direct reflection of your efforts during your tenure. This is when you influence others and help them grow by being an example of honesty, integrity and hard work. Your “Leadership Dash” is what you will be remembered for, not the date you started or ended your time of leadership. It is a leader’s challenge to leave evidence that they were a good leader. The evidence is the employee’s attitude, production and overall health of the organization. By focusing on the correct balance of work and life, a leader can exemplify leadership.
A leader can also have a devastating effect on employees, attitude, production and overall health of the organization. This leads to low employee moral, lost productivity and poor financial results. A leader who takes advantage, is not appreciative and demeans employees will not be remembered well and their “Leadership Dash” will be remembered not for what was done “for” the organization, but “to” the organization.
I think leaders need to make sure the legacy of their “Leadership Dash” is remembered for what is done “for” an organization…..not to it.
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About the author:
Jerry joined Acrisure in July of 2010 as an investor with over 25 years of commercial and employee benefit insurance experience, specializing in large contractors, large property management companies, surety, Captive Insurance Programs, Alternative Risk Financing and Professional Employment Organizations. Jerry brings strategic risk management that focuses on the true costs of risk, then attacks the cost drivers within the insurance program and uses risk management to mitigate risk for his clients. His expertise is on the effects of wellness on workers’ compensation, disability and employee benefits. Jerry graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1984 with a BS in Business Marketing and Minor in Communication and Economics. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) in 2006, and is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Association (RIMS).