Herding Tigers

“A great leader takes leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

Todd Henry’s Herding Tigers connects the dots between concepts and practical application for leaders of creative teams. (Fact: If you are leading problem solvers, you are leading a creative team.)

A major problem new leaders face is that they are often hired for their skills as doers and not for their skills as leaders. This means there is an additional skill set necessary for them to be successful.

Keys to success:

> Give your team stability and challenge them
> Make sure your actions demonstrate to your team that you have their back
> Stop doing the work, shift from creator to leader
> Focus your team’s attention, give them the resources they need and keep them motivated (Focus, Function, Fire)
> Accept short-term failure as part of the learning curve when striving for long-term success
> Teach principles to gain influence
> Never excuse failure, use it as an opportunity to learn

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