It is quite obvious I would think, but sometimes I run across a CEO who seems to forget this.
I most notice this in team meetings. A team meeting is the leaders arena. That is when a leader pulls their most trusted people into a room to discuss how well things are going and what decisions we need to make in order to get better. The meeting is where the leader assesses the urgency level of his closest leaders.
You would expect leaders to walk into meetings energized and ready get their hands dirty. Yet I regularly meet leaders who feel the meeting is beneath them. I meet leaders who delegate the leadership of the executive meetings to a Chief of Staff. In fact, I have met some who feel they don’t even have to attend their executive meetings.
The leader has to lead. That starts in the executive team meeting.