People, Not Tools

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As a driven leader, the objective is always forefront on your mind. Deadlines, project management, and developing vision are your most important duties. But if all your decisions are made based on these, you will become a taskmaster instead of a leader.

The bottom line: Every task, large or small, must be accomplished by someone. But if we only see people as task completers, we begin to treat them as tools rather than human beings.

A tool is something that is worked until its usefulness is gone. Like one of the cogs in a machine, it spins constantly until it must be replaced. If we treat people the same way, they will become run down, rusted, and broken in the process. See even your best worker as a person first, not a tool.

Stephen Roblesleadership