7 Characteristics of the Backside of Leadership

This is a random post, but I was thinking recently about the “backside” of great leadership. Great leadership involves leaders who have matured in their approach to leading people. Leading well means that sometimes what a leader does when the team’s back is turned is more important than what they do in the team’s presence. The backside of great leadership is when a leader does what is best for the team and the organization, not for his or her personal gain.

Still not sure what I mean? Here are some characteristics of the backside of great leadership…

When a team member is doing good work, a great leader:

  • Protects your back when critics rise agains you or your work…
  • Won’t back you in a corner by holding you accountable for unreasonable expectations…
  • Welcomes you back to good favor after you make a mistake…
  • Backs you up when you attempt to make a thoughtful decision…
  • Gives back to the team more than he or she takes from it…
  • Never stabs you in the back with others on the team or in the organization…
  • Gets back to you when you need his or her input on a decision…

Are you following my thought process? Can you think of more characteristics of the “backside” of leadership?

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16 thoughts on “7 Characteristics of the Backside of Leadership

  1. "THE GUARDS' REPORT"__Nothing that I can Leave to my Congragation rather than Jesus Christ The Resurrected One__"When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan,(They Gave the Soldiers a Large Sum of Money) telling them, "You are to say,His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep

  2. Love it, Ron! How about #8 – get's off his backside and sets the example for the rest of the team by doing real work that enables everyone else to be more productive. Thanks, Bret

  3. "I got your back!" Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron)says those words to Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) in "Blind Side", setting the tone for the movie. Not only should the leader say those words (and mean them) to his team, but the team should also know that of his team. Otherwise they all run the risk of being "blind-sided".

  4. Two thoughts come to mind: 1) Integrity is an essential leadership quality requirement. It should also be a part of every person's life. 2) Loving others as oneself should inspire a leader to protect those he or she leads and build them up.