“You certainly can’t lead from behind a desk, and you can’t lead with email. It’s a human enterprise. It’s the same reason you can’t parent through texting. You can’t coach a baseball team with email. You’ve got to show up.”
I’ve met so many managers and program directors who spend the vast amount of each day parked behind their desk, often with the door shut, at least half-way, to keep others out.
The hardest part of managing, of leading, is the people you have to manage and lead.
People are unique. They’re messy, and unpredictable, and time-consuming.
But that is your job, isn’t it?
So if you don’t do the most important part of your job, why are you there?