“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means,” said Albert Einstein
I presented an Emergenetics workshop yesterday at CharterBank in West Point, Georgia. Managers and senior managers were in attendance.
But I was also extremely excited to have the president and CEO in the class. They participated just like everyone else. In fact, if the training director had not told me that they were going to be there, I probably never would have known. Their lieutenants carried on as if they were "regular" employees.
The top leadership's participation tells me a couple of things. First, it communicates to me that they “get it”. They understand the importance of the training and education of their employees.
Second, they set a firm example of leadership by attending the class. Let me tell all of you leaders reading this post something very important. When your lieutenants have training and you do not attend it with them, guess who becomes the star of the show? YOU!
If they are not enamored with your leadership, it shows within the first half-hour. And by the end of the workshop you are persona non grata.
I hold leaders in high-esteem who attend training seminars with their employees. But I do understand that the organization’s size can have something to do with their attendance.
What about your organization’s leadership? Do they attend training sessions with you? Do you think they get it?