Six Hats.

Every leader has different roles to play with their followers.

If they get their roles blurred or don't make the distinctions clear, then the outcomes will suffer.

Distinctions are artificial lines in the sand, they are not real, but they are very, very useful.

If you can distinguish and define the role and attach the analogy of each role being a different hat, what do you have?

You have a way of communicating each role clearly and indicate (both for yourself and the listener) which role you are about to play.

Everybody gets clear about what you are up to and what you are trying to achieve.
Let's look at Six Hats:

Leader - the one who has visited the future and has come back with a vision to lead us there with. The one who inspires us to follow and who manages the emotional rollercoaster of the team.

Manager - The one who oversees the teams performance and who ensures the productivity of each team member matches the required criteria.

Teacher - the one who feeds information, demonstrates the information in action, gets you to practice the skills and information and then measures your performance and identifies what you need to work on.

Coach - the one who reveals your wisdom, your understanding, your courage, your great ideas, your creativity and your greatness, through asking the right questions.

Experienced Gun Rep - the one who has been there, done that, who knows the short cuts, the tricks of the trade and who is outstanding at producing results. Team members just want to be like sponges and soak up the street smarts of this hat.

Mentor - this is the person who every day walks up and down the mountain you want to climb. They are successful and they will help you climb the mountain by giving you advice, warning you about pitfalls and introducing you to the people who can help you on your way.
So what are some of the hats you wear?

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