“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” is a phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. And the phrase is certainly accurate when it comes to leadership.
It is important for us to remember that leaders are always “on stage.” Our team members are constantly listening to what we say and watching what we do, just as if they were an audience intently watching the stage. And as leaders, we need to be mindful of what we say and do. We need to understand that our team members will listen to our words and often repeat them. They will watch our behaviors and often imitate them.
As such, it is important that we speak and act in ways that we want our team members to speak and act. If we want an organization that values teamwork and respect, we must model behaviors of teamwork and respect. If we want an organization that is honest and ethical, we must model behaviors that are honest and ethical. If we want an organization that values and appreciates our team members and customers, then we must model behaviors that show this appreciation.
There may be times when you are having a bad day and don’t feel like modeling these behaviors. Model them anyway. You are the lead actor. If you show your team members that you are having a bad day, it gives them permission to also have a bad day; it says that this is okay. As a leader, you are not allowed to have a bad day, or at least, your team members are not allowed to see you having a bad day.
In leadership, all the world’s a stage. And as leaders, we are the principal actors. Our team members and customers are the audience who watches us. Model the behaviors that we want to see in our organizations and our team members will emulate these. All the world’s a stage, and you are the lead actor, so behave in a way that you want others to see. Behave in the way that you want your organization to be.
Thanks for reading,