Andrew Brunhart Explains How a Good Leader is Like a Parent

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  • A Leader is Like a Parent Andrew Brunhart January 31, 2014 Leadership expert, Simon Sinek, has dazzled over 14 million people with his TED talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action. He has continued his educating the public about leadership with his new book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Dont. The driving point of his new book is that fundamentally, a leader is like a parent. Parents put their childrens needs in front of their own. They fight for their childrens success and hope that their children will live a better life than their own. Sinek notes that these are all the same attitudes of a great leader. On the CBS This Morning he said, in regard to parenting, Leadership is exactly, exactly the same. Leaders are the ones who are willing to risk, when it matters, their own interests, so that others may advance. Sinek also mentions that both roles are fun in the beginning before the hard work begins. The joy of having a baby is quickly followed by the reality that a ton of hard work follows with raising a child. Sinek equates that to a company, Starting the company, thats the fun. But, actually becoming a leader and choosing to put peoples interests before your own, thats a choice. Sinek stresses that great work environments are based on trust and cooperation. These are not things that you can simply tell people to do. A great leader must create an environment that fosters trust and cooperation because of dependability. Employers can do this by choosing to be a great leader and putting their employees first. The title of Sineks new book, Leaders Eat Last, came from a Marine general. When you go to any chow hallyou will see the Marines line up in rank order- most junior first and most senior last. Its not in any rulebook and no one tells them they have to. They do it because thats how they view leadership. We view leadership as rank; they view it as a responsibility.

  • Andrew Brunhart is currently leading the start-up of new functions for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing focusing on strategic change, portfolio and project management, order management and delivery systems, and quality assurance. Previously, Andrew Brunhart was Chief Operating Officer of the United States Mint charged with leading a turnaround to become a learning, accountable, results-oriented organization. Prior to this service, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, Maryland, the nations eighth largest combined water and wastewater utility serving 2M citizens of two counties. In that capacity, Andrew Brunhart led utility-wide turnaround efforts and guided revitalization of Engineering and Capital Programs ($1.5B) proactively addressing WSSCs aging infrastructure via 1,500 employees. During his tenure, WSSC received recognition as one of the Best Places to Work in Maryland for three consecutive years.