On my way into work this morning I was listening to the radio, and George Calombaris from Masterchef was a guest on the Winter Breakfast on Triple M. I love my cooking, and I am a big fan of Masterchef, so I was quite excited to hear that George was a guest. I thought I’d get an insight into the how the show works and maybe some food ideas, however what I got was a true lesson in leadership.

As well as hosting and judging Masterchef George owns restaurants across Australia and abroad, and this morning Mark Howard asked George a simple question: How do you do it all, and are you still hands on in everything? The response I thought was a great example of what most of us experience on our leadership journey.

George explained that early on he wanted to do everything, he thought that no one could do it as good as him and he was so fixated on delivery that everything had to be done his way or not at all. He said that model of leadership just wasn’t sustainable for him personally or for his business. He said that he has had to learn to relinquish and trust his team.

The most profound thing that George said that absolutely resonated with me was that he came to the realisation that every person who worked for him had their own hopes and dreams and that it was his role to help them achieve those, hopefully within his organisation.

The question that I ponder a lot is what is the difference between managers and leaders, and I don’t think that I could find a better answer than the one above. Management is at the core about controlling people and output, whereas leadership is about relinquishing control, trusting the people around you and enabling them to achieve their goals and dreams.

So thank you George Calombaris for this fantastic lesson in leadership.