I believe that leaders have three main roles.
- They are responsible for interpreting the organization’s shared values and principles.
- They are senior advisers to everyone in the organization. And,
- They are the collective conscience, pushing the organization to reach its goals and live up to its ideals.
The idea that top executives or financial experts should make key decisions is so ingrained in our corporate cultures that it is nearly impossible for leaders to delegate important roles and decisions. Leaders who want to increase joy and success in the workplace must learn to take most of their personal satisfaction from the achievements of the people they lead, not from the power they exercise.