Becoming an Invisible Leader: Doing More Than the Minimum


As we wrap up our Invisible Leader series, let’s go back to our friend Fred. If you remember, Fred is a mailman that was the basis of Mark Sanborn’s book The Fred Factor.

One important thing to note about Fred the Postman is the quality of work he did in his role. At the end of the day, Fred was expected to deliver everyone’s mail. He could have gotten by with doing the bare minimum. As long as people got the right mail at the right time, Fred would still have a job. But Fred knew his role was more than just a job — it was an opportunity to impact people. According to Mark, Fred invested both his time and his resources in the families he served every day.

As an invisible leader, we should hold ourselves to the same standard. Becoming an invisible leader requires a commitment to excellence. It requires more than just the minimum.

What does the quality of your work look like when nobody’s watching? If you knew you’d never be praised for your influence, would you still do what you’re doing?

Commit to doing your best because your best is what will help people the most.

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I hope this series has pushed you to reflect on your motivations as a leader. I hope it’s served as a reminder that the way you impact people has the ability to change their lives.

I don’t know where I’d be without the invisible leaders who have come and gone in my life.

… Where would you be?

What does this message mean to you in your leadership right now? Are there people in your life you need to thank? Are there lessons you need to go back to? Are there people in your life, or on your team, who need your investment?

As you commit to excellence, growth, and influence, I can’t wait to see how your leadership impacts the lives around you for the better!




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