I recently heard an analogy that I think is apt for anyone in a leadership role:

The leader is like a drum major.  Everyone they are leading has their instruments and knows how to play them.  Everyone knows their steps.  But when you lead down the field, it is wise to turn around and make sure the band is with you. 

In other words, you can’t march down the field without the band behind you.

I think it is a wonderful reminder to leaders that they can’t just move ahead and implement ideas without generating the support of those they are leading.  Keep this metaphor in mind the next time you have a great plan and are ready to go.  Be sure the band is ready to go too.

— beth triplett

Thanks Cynthia!

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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