I fondly remember growing up and helping my father carry his toolboxes to various jobs.
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The leadership toolbox

by Jeff Belsky | Posted on November 8th, 2017

I fondly remember growing up and helping my father carry his toolboxes to various jobs. My father ran a side business where he repaired and installed furnaces, air conditioners, hot water tanks, etc. He also was called upon by folks who needed miscellaneous repairs such as leaking faucets, damaged drains, and even the occasional “Can you fix my car?” scenario. Although my father was a senior executive at a large steel mill, he had a diverse mechanical mind, and could fix (or at least try to fix) just about anything.

And while some would say these attributes are a lost art these days, I can vividly remember the toolboxes my father had at his disposal. He had one specifically designed for plumbing. Another for pipe fitting. Another for electrical and one for tin bending. My father even had a toolbox filled with miscellaneous tools. He knew the job for which each toolbox was assembled, and exactly what was in each one.

When the need arose, my father would instruct me to load the car with the specific toolbox needed. Rarely would he ask me to put the plumbing toolbox in the car when he was going to fix an electrical problem. In the same way, he would not have me carry the tin-bending toolbox (which was heavy and still haunts me with the thoughts of crushed fingers) to a job that was for a leaking pipe under a vanity. The science behind my father’s toolboxes was intentional and strategic.

If we examine the art of effective leadership, or leaders, we see that they also carry a variety of “toolboxes”. Read the rest at the Solutions 21 Blog >

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