Leadership Oversimplified: 4 Leadership Catchphrases to Reconsider

//Leadership Oversimplified: 4 Leadership Catchphrases to Reconsider

Leadership Oversimplified: 4 Leadership Catchphrases to Reconsider

Many leadership stereotypes get passed down through conferences and leadership books, but these buzzwords go largely unquestioned as to their true merit. While some leadership ideas stand the test of time, others have outlived their usefulness. Here are four leadership catchphrases to reconsider.

1. Work Hard, Play Hard

Sure, working hard is a good thing. If you don’t work hard, you’re not going to accomplish your career goals. Hard working can help you land a promotion and increase your financial security, while providing a good example for employees. But the “work hard, play hard” phrase has become overrated. First, while hard work is admirable, overworking yourself helps no one. You will just end up stressing yourself and your employees out. You might even make yourself sick. You need to work hard, but also practice self-care. Second, playing hard suggests that the remedy for work stress is just as stressful as the work itself. When in fact, meditation, sleep, and other relaxing activities will do more to alleviate stress.

2. Question Everything

Curiosity and skepticism will help you in your career, but as with most things, moderation is key. Questioning the way something has always been done can help you find a better alternative, for example. Yet, asking too many questions can be a real problem as a leader. You don’t want to constantly question your employees and their actions. This can negatively affect their confidence levels. Plus, you don’t want them to feel like you don’t trust them. Instead, encourage them to be curious and encourage them to practice self-reflection.

3. Stick to Your Guns

We think of strong leaders as people who always adhere to their core believes, refuse to waver, and follow through on their commitments. We want leaders that embody strength, courage, and perseverance. The best leaders, however, need to also be flexible and willing to take risks. Sometimes, you have to change your strategies, your goals, or even your values if you want to succeed. If your “guns” aren’t effective anymore, sticking to them will only lead to failure.

4. Everyone’s Opinion Should Count

Actively listening to your construction employees is an essential part of being an effective leader. You need to be open to hearing other people’s opinions. Not only does this allow you to make more informed decisions, it allows employees to feel like they have a voice. That said, you can’t take the time to hear every single employee’s opinion on everything. This simply isn’t realistic. Sometimes, you need to make swift decisions. While you should listen to the people around you, as a leader your job is to get results. This means knowing that not everybody’s opinions are equal and being decisive when necessary.
The advice you read in leadership books can often help you become a better leader. But you should keep in mind that not all of these mottos are as meaningful as you think they are. Some advice worked well twenty years ago, but no longer work in today’s business environment. Some never worked in the first place. You can’t take leadership stereotypes at face value.


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By | 2019-10-14T18:10:17-04:00 October 15th, 2019|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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