Would People Still Follow Your Lead if You Weren’t Their Boss?

follow the leader linkedin Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. Brian Tracy

Easier said than done…I know.

Would your employees still choose to follow you if it wasn’t a prerequisite to getting their paycheck?

I can hear you thinking, “How the heck am I supposed to know that?”

It’s a tough question with a slippery answer.

If you’re not sure, let’s figure it out together by taking Jeff Foxworthy’s lead:


If you can’t remember the last time anyone disagreed with you

…it might be because you’re the boss.


 If you’ve forgotten what the word, “no” sounds like

…it might be because you're the boss.


 If every single one of your jokes are laugh out loud funny

…it might be because you're the boss.


If people are always excited to see you

…it might be because you are the boss.


If all of your ideas are “brilliant!”…

…it might be because you're the boss.


100% positive feedback is a red flag that you're getting skewed data.

It’s time for a reality check.

How can you get a clear sense of employee morale if they feel pressure to be compliant instead of honest?

Your end goal is not to have everyone like you. Your end goal is to be the type of leader that you would want to follow.

Give your employees reason to trust you. Make it safe for them to give candid feedback.

Value their voice, their concerns, and their needs.

Respect your team.

They will be more motivated to work for you...

not because they have to, but because they want to.

Chime in with your best  “It might be because you’re the boss” line!