Episode 088: The 3 Reasons You Can’t Lead Alone

The Myth of the Solitary Leader

When you think of a leader, what do you think of? Do you think of Bill Gates secluding himself in a cabin for a week to think big things. A solitary leader who single-handedly uses his genius to solve every problem, launch every new initiative, and change the world? Well, in today’s episode we’re going to hang up your superman cape and share the 3 reasons that you can’t lead alone.

The 3 Reasons You Can't Lead Alone

Everywhere we look there are leaders being held up as single-handedly taking on the world and fearlessly leading their companies to record profits and accolades.  Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, Jack Welch, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates. Society tries to tell us that these leaders lead fearlessly and lead alone. But the truth is actually very different.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Individual leaders come to decisions slower than groups
  • Leaders often fail to seek input from their team
  • 3 reason why you can’t lead alone
  • The difference between getting input and “decision by committee”

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Episode Links and Resources

STUDY: Patrick Laughlin’s 2002 Study

FREE BOOK: The 8 Things Your Team Wants

PODCAST: Episode 087: Insight Out with Tina Seelig

BOOK: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

BOOK: Good to Great by Jim Collins


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