“The first required change in my perspective came soon after I became CEO. That’s when I realized my friends/colleagues in the company no longer saw me as Zane. No, they saw me as The CEO. And everything I said was heard as coming from The CEO.” (Read his blog post here).
Whenever we step into a leadership role–whether it’s CEO, Principal, Project Manager, or Parent, for that matter–we step under the microscope, and people watch everything we do. Everything. And then they interpret all of our actions as signs of what’s really important around here–regardless of what it says on our values and mission statements.
As Marshall McLuhan once famously said, “The medium is the message.”
And as a leader–like it or not–you’re the medium.