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Lain Hensley - April 2015
The Guardian recently shared the story of Lain Hensley, a businessman who's cancer experience taught him a lot about his leadership style and the way that he really wants to run his business. In the article, Hensley explains how taking time away from work for treatment and having to depend on his team to keep the business going gave him incredible insight into the culture and structure of his business:
"I put work on hold and leaned hard on my team to make it through. As the pressure mounted, it revealed areas of weakness in what I had built. I carried way too much of the company on my back. Although a healthy me could support the load, I was not creating independence or accountability within my team. Energy, culture, mood and attention to detail could not be just my responsibility.
Many hard conversations came my way following my treatment, and I could see the gaps in my leadership that had been exposed in my absence. Accountability had to be shared and while I wanted my people to like me both as a person and leader, I was sacrificing our potential by trying to gain acceptance."
For the full article, click here.
Original source: www.theguardian.com