Leadership. I love the word, but what does it really mean? The term “leadership” is thrown around very easily. Yet, too many “leaders” lack the skills necessary to be effective. There’s a difference between leaders and bosses, but far to many self-described leaders are nothing more than a boss.
There isn’t one outline or one specific way to be effective as a leader. Every organization, every team is different. Each scenario or situation comes with nuances that pose challenges. What separates a leader from a boss is how that individual reacts and overcomes. There are however, in my experience, three characteristics that apply to any situation.
Leadership: 3 Simple Things
Start with transparency. Everyone knows you’re the boss. Every member of your team knows, or at least should know, (what they know falls on you too,) your role and theirs. So be open and honest. Transparency doesn’t mean you give away everything. Transparency simply means being accountable and telling the truth. This includes when you can’t share information: tell your team “I can’t discuss that right now.”
Communicate. Yes, you’ve heard this before, but my success has come from communication. I keep my team informed. Remember that transparency? You can only be transparent when you communicate and communicate often. No one on your team is left in the dark. Talk, talk and talk some more. Don’t waste time, but keep everyone informed.
Be accountable. If you’re accountable, everyone else has to be too. Everything starts from the top. You can only expect accountability from your subordinates if you are just as accountable.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”
Is there a point in attempting perfection when no one is perfect? Leaders and bosses, (yes there is a difference), continually push their teams for perfection. But why?
Our brains think we need to achieve perfection. Our organizations need to strive to be the best. Yet, no one and nothing is perfect. So we chase this idea of perfection knowing we will never attain it.
Why do we find being a better version of ourselves so difficult? I think we all have the intent and for the most part, we all desire to be “good.” But we all are taught to win at all costs. It’s a cultural lesson to be the best, we must do whatever it takes. Regardless of others.
Yet, have you tried to be your better self? If you come from a place of genuine good, your success in life and in anything you do, is more attainable. Ironically, being your better self is actually selfish and simultaneously altruistic. You feel good when you make others feel good. That, is the ultimate high.
Is money that important? To survive yes. But to truly live, not really. To succeed, is that important? I guess it depends on what you want to succeed in. Do you want to draw the most beautiful drawing? How about painting the most beautiful painting? Do you want to raise happy and healthy kids? How about succeeding in all three?
Your Better Self
The best version of you isn’t hard to find. It takes a little effort and some thought. But once you find it, you will know. Your heart will tell you.
I have found my better self when I strive to do the right thing. Doing the right thing isn’t the easy thing, but it feels right. Others may not see it. Others may disagree or even take offense. But a better you makes a better person and eventually others come around. If they don’t, honestly that’s on them. Business, family, friends, everything is about relationships. Success in all these things cannot be found without positive relationships.
If you bring your best temperament to everything you do, your relationships are better, stronger, healthier. Your success is a result. Your heart and mind are at peace. You are happier. People like happy people. Think about that.
Have you tried doing one thing? We are consumed with the idea we must do multiple things at once in order to be more productive. To quote Joe Biden, multi-tasking is a bunch of malarkey! Multi-tasking simply doesn’t work, especially if you’re in the creative business. Rather than attempt to accomplish lots of things all at once, do one thing and do it well. Continue reading “Productivity Is Doing One Thing And Doing It Well”→
Every artist is an entrepreneur. To be an creative entrepreneur, you must develop leadership qualities just like any other business person. There are many different skills, techniques, and nuances to leadership. Everyone’s style is a reflection of who they are as a person. I keep developing my skills and always look for new concepts and ideas. Regardless of your leadership style and personality, there are 5 leadership hacks that are universal. Continue reading “5 Leadership Hacks Every Artist Needs”→