The longer I think about it, practice it and teach it, my philosophy of effective leadership gets simpler and simpler.
A deep commitment to self-awareness, a wholehearted approach to relationships, a lifelong pursuit of learning; these are all hallmarks of great leaders.
And none of that matters if the leader isn’t present in the first place.
Step one: you must show up.
You can’t “phone it in.” You can’t commit in words and not in actions.
This is stupidly obvious and self-evident and, yet, the absent leader – the “leader” in name only – remains a reliable cause of organizational failure.