The distance between your leader and the average is a constant.
In organizations, the distance between the leaders and the average is a constant as taught by managerial expert Peter Drucker. If your leaders perform at a high level, the work of the individuals will also generally go up. It’s easier to improve the performance of one leader than improving the performance of the mass of regular employees. Place at the head of your organization those individuals who are outstanding performer and they will set the tone for the rest of the organization. Drucker supports this idea by explaining the role of the manager in the organization:
“the task of an executive is not to change human beings…[it] is to multiply the performance capacity of the whole by putting to use whatever strength, whatever health, whatever aspiration there is in individuals.”
This does not mean that the leader in the organization does not care for the individuals of the organization. It simply means that the only real power over individuals a leader has, is to help the individual improve their performance in the tasks directly related to the day-to-day work being performed at the organization.
What the people in your organization do outside of work is beyond your control. You can’t change them and turn them into what you think they should be. You do, however, have full control over putting into practice the development programs that will help the individual improve their performance in the organization.
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