You’re in Leadership: Act Like It
How to Put Your Best Face Forward
In the hit Broadway play Chicago, Billy Flynn is explaining the process of dealing with the court. He explains, “These trials – the whole world – all show business. But kid, you’re working with a star, the biggest!” He then launches into the song, “Razzle Dazzle” where he says that you have to Razzle Dazzle ‘em. He singsplains that “Give ‘em an act with lots of flash in it/ and the reaction will be passionate…” The idea, of course, is that if you put on a show, then people will eat it up and you can manipulate them in whatever way you want.
In leadership we aren’t in the business of manipulation. But whether we like it or not, we are in the business of giving people the old Razzle Dazzle. The key is to know that we are using these talents to inspire and create; not to manipulate and coerce.
Let’s dive a bit deeper.
Living Life as a Big Act
There are two types of people. There are those that claim they live life for themselves and they don’t care what other people think about them. And there are those that are honest. We all care about the impressions that we make on other people. But there is a difference between putting on an act, and being fake.
You have likely encountered a fake person before in your life. They are the type that act one way when they’re around you, another when they are around other people, and even different around a third group. They’re the type that will tell you one thing, but their actions show another. Don’t be a fake person.
When you live life as though you’re putting on a performance, it’s not being fake. Instead, it’s tackling your work with enthusiasm even though you’re not feeling like it today. It’s putting a smile on and leading your team, even though you have a hundred issues pressing on you. It’s helping others to succeed when you’re stressed and tired. The act is the act of doing the right thing, even when you aren’t feeling up to it.
The Responsibility of Leadership
When you are in a leadership position, it can be a lot of work. There will be times when you don’t want to make decisions, you don’t want to be stressed, and you don’t want to get out there with enthusiasm.
When you’re in a leadership position, you have to act the part when these stressful times come. Give ‘em the old Razzle Dazzle, so your team is inspired to continue moving forward.
But you must be aware of your own limitations. This is precisely why studies show that vacations are good for us, and by taking breaks we end up getting even more done.
Big Sky Collision Center Trains Leaders
We are in the business of training leaders; we just happen to be good at fixing cars. When all of our techs have been trained in leadership, the result is that they each take ownership of the jobs they are doing, and they are able to relieve the stress everyone else feels by making decisions.
The end result is that you get the best auto body repair in Billings.
Are you ready for leadership? A quick self-test is to see if you still act the part even when there are setbacks, and you aren’t feeling up to it.