Lollipop leaders

Traffic control.
The best leaders don’t hold a lollipop. They’re not controllers. They don’t wield power. And they know there are more than two options.

Leaders don’t hold a lollipop with “Stop” and “Slow” on either side.

Lollipop leaders, those who consider it their job to direct and control people, are managers.

Management is about taking power from others.
Leadership is about giving power to others.

Effective leaders work in service of others to support them in doing their best work and being their best selves.

Leaders also create the conditions for others to lead. Making a space that encourages others to courageously lean into leadership. Leadership is never binary.

Leaders create a space for growth, cultivating a reconsideration of the familiar and providing support in the face of the unfamiliar.

Good leaders seldom hold a sign for others to follow.


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Hi! I’m Michael

I’m an architect and coach, helping the professional culture of the architecture profession. I believe the best way to do this is support leadership development.

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