In everything there is a rhythm.
There is rhythm in a meeting. Rhythm in a day. Rhythm in a week.
There is rhythm in a project and rhythm in an organization.
And the leader is the drummer.
While the singers in the band are out front, and while the lead guitarists get the biggest solos, without the drummer – or with an off-rhythm drummer – they wouldn’t be as successful (or popular).
Organizationally, leaders at all levels create a rhythm. When the pace of each rhythm is in sync, great synergy can occur. Out of sync, creates problems, frustration, turnover, and poorer-than-possible results.
While there is likely multiples lessons and posts in the organizational leadership pace and rhythm concept, let’s make this personal for now.
You, as a leader are the drummer for your team. What pace are you setting? Is it too laid back and mellow? Is it too frenetic? Does it ever change?
Do you consider how your actions are setting the rhythm for your team’s sense of urgency, sense of fun, and level of accomplishment?
I will write more on this metaphor in the future, but for now, make this your leadership activity for the day:
Consider your approach, behavior and habits and reflect on how they are setting the pace and rhythm for your team and organization.
Ask peers team members what they see as the rhythm/pace/energy of your organization, and decide if it is the rhythm you want.
You have the drumsticks. You create the rhythm. Begin today to create it more purposefully.