A while back, I asked a senior executive to meet with a group of relatively young, but eager rising leaders. He showed up in jeans, which did not match the company’s cultural norms, hoping to come across as approachable, despite his high ranking. He adjusted his style to draw near…and, in return, they felt comfortable to ask candid questions and share their ideas.
Good leaders draw near. But it's often hard, uncomfortable, and inconvenient, so we fight it. Are you missing out on the power of proximity?