If you were like me you had a standing appointment in front of the TV every Thursday at 9pm throughout the 90’s to watch a show about absolutely nothing. Each week I would tune in and laugh at the hijinks that Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer would get themselves into.
George Costanza was my favourite character. As a neurotic, slow-witted, bald man George would provide the world with one or two key phrases that would be repeated endlessly the next day at work, school or home.
As much as he made me laugh, I believe he offered some valuable leadership lessons…
Leadership Lesson #1: It’s not you, it’s me!
When dealing with conflict, you must first look at yourself to understand what you are contributing to the conflict. Often leaders can get into the trap of blaming others which just fuels the conflict. Great leaders recognize and understand that conflict is a two-way street and they must look at themselves first – their behaviours, approach, and involvement – before they can successfully resolve the conflict with another.
Leadership Lesson #2: Do the opposite
The definition of insanity, according to Albert Einstein, is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. George taught us a great lesson with his theory of doing the opposite. If things are not working, do the opposite! Doing the opposite will give you a different perspective which will lead to different results…and different is good if you are not getting anywhere trying the same old things.
Leadership Lesson #3: I am out of here!
Great leaders know when they have struck a chord and have delivered a strong and impactful message that has landed with their team. Great leaders know exactly when to walk away and let their teams take over and drive ahead.
So there you have it. Leadership Lessons from George Costanza. Pick 1, 2 or all 3 and start implementing them with your team and watch the success that comes after.
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