A Leadership Lesson from the Daytona 500
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
At a Daytona 500 driver Q and A session in the Corporate Hospitality Village, one driver said, “My crew chief is the best. He has no hobbies. All he does is work from 7:00 in the morning to 10:00 at night.” By the way he said it you could not help but conclude he considered working that much a virtue.
The only thing to say about a leader who requires his people to work six or seven days a week is that he is leading those people astray.
Require your people lead balanced lives. If you consistently have people working when they should be home eating dinner with their families, ask, “Are you working too much?”
Tell your people, “Go home.” It takes guts to lead a balanced life.
© 2003 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.