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Are You a Leader or a Follower?

by | Jul 17, 2015 | Leadership & Management

From time to time, DirectiveGroup team members will share their views on a provocative or otherwise thoughtful piece found as they research. Here, Bobbi comments on an article posted on Entrepreneur, Are You a Leader or a Follower?

As one who has had many managers throughout her career, I must say, not many have impressed. When I came across this article, it stimulated a little reflection.

I have worked at DirectiveGroup for only six months, and recognized almost immediately this place is like none other. Personal excellence is not only expected, it is the norm. The bar is set very high and everyone strives to reach it, both individually and as a team.

As I read this article, which pointed out that you don’t have to be in a leadership role to be a leader, I realized everyone at DirectiveGroup is a leader. It’s either an innate trait or something each has strived to develop in our own personal lives. I’m not sure. But this drive for excellence challenges us and creates a special synergy that is even bigger than all of us together.

But, in my opinion, it does start at the top.  John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” We are fortunate in that our leader, Lisa Maier, inspires a culture at DirectiveGroup that is not only beneficial to her staff both personally and professionally, but to our clients as well. Personal integrity creates a professional atmosphere that can’t help but produce excellent results.


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