Communicate - The One Year Mini for Leaders
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” Exodus 32:1
You embody your organization’s vision. When the staff sees you, they see the vision. When you’re away, they begin to lose sight of where they are headed. This can happen very quickly.
Make it a practice to keep your staff updated from wherever you are. If you are attending a conference or convention, send an e-mail every evening to the entire staff, giving them a glimpse of what you are learning.
Don’t manage from the road. You have subordinates at the office who can do that. Instead, learn as much as you can at the conference or convention. When you return, you can use the opportunity to tell your staff how the things you learned fit with your mission statement and share your thoughts about how new ideas might be applied.
Be out of sight, but not out of mind.