Surprisingly, I’ve met many leaders who don’t care much about leadership. They would rather be an expert in their “primary function” such as marketing, finance, sales, or engineering. Leadership is a distraction to them.
If your role is to lead people in a particular functional division, you must be a leader first. Your passion must be your people, your team. Not the function.
When you become a leader, you must change your focus from functional expertise, to leading others towards that expertise and success. Leading your flock means more than just flapping your wings stronger, faster, or longer than before. You must set the direction.
You must lead first.
If you’re a CFO, I believe you must lead the finance people, not be the lead finance person. If you are the CMO, you must become great at leading marketing people, not being one.
Function follows leadership.
No one wants to follow a great accountant. They want to follow a great leader.
Never forget that.
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