“Leadership is a contact sport.”


I thought of this excellent quote from Marshall Goldsmith when I read the recent news revolving around Marissa Meyer’s decision to end the work-from-home policy at Yahoo.

Every article I read was from the employees’ point of view, and trust me, I feel for them. However, as someone who has led teams for over 20 years, I feel for Ms. Meyer too.

Leading a company through change is never easy. It is not just about pointing the way — it’s about being an integral part of the process from start to finish. It’s about dealing with the realistic issues of the day, and effectively tapping into the collective energy of, as well as inspiring trust and courage in, your greatest asset — your team — to get your company where it needs to go.

The issue is not about micro managing, as the media likes to spin it. Ms. Meyer needs to be up close and personal with the day-to-day workplace, where vision comes to life, in the form of people, process, and teamwork. What’s going to be most important here is the sense of willingness, from everyone — to cooperate, to collaborate, to win as a team. To me, that is the real revenue line, and I wish the Yahoo team all the very best.

What do you think?

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