Do you believe you’re capable of accomplishing extraordinary things? How about your team? In this episode, Peter Docker, author of Leading from the Jumpseat, talks about leadership that lifts people up and gives them the space they need so that, when the time is right, they can take the lead.
In business and in life, handing over the reins to others is inevitable. Everyone will eventually leave their team, retire from being the CEO, or see their kids leave home and lead their own lives. Leading from the Jumpseat enables us to embrace this inevitability and is a metaphor for how we can choose to lead. It’s about the journey we take so we can hand over control to others, who are then equipped to continue forward. Jumpseat Leadership is a way of interacting with people that will enhance performance in any given situation – during normal business, times of crisis, and life in general. Becoming a Jumpseat Leader takes practice and Peter gives you a practical guide to handing over control.
Leading from the Jumpseat
What is leading from the jump seat?
The opportunity to lead from the jump seat is the opportunity to embrace the inevitable.
What is the difference between taking a position and a stand?
This simple distinction really helps us in leading because if we can identify what our stands are, they will guide us during times of uncertainty in crisis because a stand comes from those things that are deeply important to us, those non-negotiables.
How do you encourage leaders to confront fear?
Courage cannot exist without fear. So this is not about sweeping fear under the carpet. It’s about seeing fear as a warning flag.
Next time someone brings a complaint in whatever form, ask questions to find the underlying commitment because behind every complaint is a commitment.
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