Many times when the work environment in larger organizations becomes toxic it is difficult to fix because it is not the fault of any particular person. While there is always enough blame to go around, the culprit is generally poor communication. Now as an advocate of Legacy Leadership, I am of the opinion that whenever there is a problem in an organization it is due to the failing of those at the top. However, this is not a casting of blame since one core tenet of Legacy Leadership is that failure is foundational to success. This failure, like any failure, is truly an opportunity for growth. So want to know how we turn it around?
Leadership is not about the individual. And simultaneously, leadership is all about the individual. This is the paradox that repeatedly presents itself as one surveys the papers, articles, books, speeches, presentations, and courses about teamwork and leadership the world over. I experienced the struggles of dealing with this paradox most vividly during my time in Marine Corps Officer training. In the Marine Corps, as an Officer, you are taught that the two most important things in leadership are Mission Accomplishment and Troop Welfare, in that order.
Yes, we know there's a difference between a lectern and a podium. A lectern is the stand upon which a speaker can hold their notes. It often holds the microphone. A podium is the platform. A stage.
Our name, Behind the Podium is meant to convey that there's a lot that happens backstage, before a speaker ever gets in front of an audience. Behind the Podium can give you, the reader, some insight about how a speaker got to the podium, and what they're doing behind the scenes.
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