Light Bulb Leadership

DSN9164-2-MI know I can be slow, but I noticed something the other day.  When I turned on a light bulb – the darkness left.  I know this is not an astute observation.  In fact, the reason for turning on a light bulb is to dispel the darkness.  We turn on a light it is so we can see.  The room becomes illuminated.  We don’t really think;’ I sure need to get rid of the darkness’.  Instead, we think we need to see.

Someone should write a book called Light Bulb Leadership.  It should be about how great leadership sheds light and takes away the darkness.  So many times, I’ve heard people say, “I don’t know what’s going on, they (the leaders) always leave us in the dark until the last moment.”  Great leadership doesn’t like darkness – for themselves or for their people.  Great leadership is all about illumination.

Too often leaders cast darkness.  They hold information rather than sharing it.  They know information is power.  To share information may empower other people and threaten their own power.  So they keep information to themselves.

Leaders also cast darkness by playing the blame game.  A problem has occurred and the first thing they do is try to find who is to blame rather than solve the problem.  No matter the problem, an illuminating leader will try to solve the problem and not be so concerned with blame.  Even after the problem is solved, it’s important to eliminate the source of the problem so it won’t be duplicated.  The blame is not important.  The long-term solution should be the focus.  If blame is assigned and a person is the problem, the issue should be resolved in a way to keep the person’s dignity.  Good leaders do this by addressing only the problem behavior without attacking the person.

There are a lot of ways leaders cast darkness instead of light.  But good leaders are light bulb leaders that illuminate.  They shed light and remove darkness.


Points to Ponder –

Do I spread the light or do I keep people in the dark?

Would other people say that I share information freely and openly, or that I keep things to myself only giving out information as needed?

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One Response to Light Bulb Leadership

  1. I truly like this analogy. What a great way to look at illuminating leaders. It is so powerful that it could actually be used by leadership as a “check” on effects during a decision. If we do “X” will it bring lessen or contribute to a well-lighted workplace?

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