When’s the last time you got naked?
I’m not talking about the shower, but as a leader.
Leadership stripped down to its purest form is: relationships.
As a former Youth Pastor employed at a church (Non-Profit Organization) naked leadership is void of power and money. Most workers are volunteers which means leverage boils down to what they think of their leaders.
For example, leaders can only ask from their people what they are willing to do themselves. It’s leadership by showing. Do as I say, but not as I do never works.
Today’s managers use coercion to get things done a certain way, but that “carrot and stick” method only works for so long.
In order to truly unlock the potential of those under your care you have to help them realize their strengths then put them in a position to succeed. That means trusting them by offering autonomy with clear objectives. Allowing people to make mistakes and learning from them.
Leading and develop people can be two different things. Naked leadership is about showing people you care before telling them what you know.
Think about your favorite leader. It may be someone you are close to or admire from afar. What they share is their genuine care for the wellbeing of people over results. In order to accomplish that as a leader you have to be secure enough to allow people to fail in order to succeed.
Naked leadership goes back to recess on the playground as a kid. No one appoints the leader, he or she just asserts themselves. That’s just the opposite of positional leadership which focused on titles, not earning the respect of others.
The difference between naked and positional leadership is longevity. Retention is about loyalty as much as it is about pay or perks. How employees act when their leader isn’t around is a true test of their allegiance.
Naked leadership means there is nothing to hide. It can be scary, but ultimately revealing at the same time.
Are you a naked leader?