Communicate: Never assume they get it. We as leaders must go where they are. Our world is their world. Ask plenty of questions, practice active listening. Create: Must be intentional about a growth environment. The environment is growing when people are: Challenged Atmosphere is affirming Comfortable with being out of their comfort zone Growth is modeled and expected Forward thinking Desiring positive change Collaborate: Add value to one another. Three charateristics of collaboration: Like one another Work hard for each other Trust each other Celebrate: Celebrate the wins. The common theme is one another. Together Everyone Achieves More
Leading author and consultant, Ken Blanchard states “people already have power through their knowledge and motivation. The key to empowerment is letting this power out.” So what is empowerment? It is the process of unleashing the power in people- their knowledge, experience, motivation, and focusing that power to achieve the positive outcomes for the organization. As leaders, we should be striving to create a culture of empowerment. To do so, we may need to scrub some traditions, habits and even language. For example, instead of dictating tasks to do – see yourself as a coach- a partner in unleashing their skill and our knowledge. How about changing the word planning to visioning. Visioning suggests a more inclusive approach. Instead of [...]
Have you ever had to make a tough decision? Silly question, of course you have. We have to make choices daily. As a leader we are often confronted with difficult decisions. Our decisions have an effect on many people - it is however our responsibility and the “buck stops” here. Early on in my leadership career I was striving to be liked to please as many people as I could. I stumbled on this quote from Colin Powell, “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decisions, you’ll avoid confronting people who need to be confronted, and you’ll try to avoid getting people upset.” WOW- that says it all and he is [...]
A good question to ask ourselves from time to time is: Am I truly an authentic leader? Do others see me under the filter of authenticity? I am learning authenticity begins with living out our values. What we truly care about, (not just talk about) and live by that code daily is the beginning of being an authentic leader. I believe our people deserve a leader who is true to what matters most. In addition, pursuing our purpose is another demonstration of being an authentic leader. Most of us have mission statements and purpose statements and in fact, they are likely in writing and prominently displayed. A reminder for us all is to live out our values. In the end, [...]
Through the years, I’ve learned it’s all about progress; making progress in your career. We need to ask ourselves in what way am I better today than I was last April? If you are on a mission to grow your business- it’s likely you have made progress.