When I describe the “fire” of leadership, I’m referring to the “passion; energy; or source of motivation” that drives an individual’s personal leadership style. On a GRILL, the fire comes from BELOW.
A leader who is a “grill” is motivated by praise and appreciation from subordinates; derives a sense of personal value by pleasing others; and is energized by the sense that they are “liked” by those they lead.
People like working for a grill provided the sun is shining and he/she continues to meet team expectations and demands. Unfortunately, loyalty that is founded upon pleasing others cannot withstand inclement weather.
Nobody wants a grill when it’s storming outside.
The leadership challenge of a grill comes from the fire itself. Because so much emotional energy is invested in pleasing subordinates, a grill will avoid making the right decision if it is not a popular decision. Ultimately a grill is held prisoner to the opinions of others. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with caring for subordinates – any leader worthy of the title will be an advocate for his/her team. But when a person needs the approval of subordinates to maintain leadership intensity, that leader has become a grill. (more…)