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.
Your character is your definition. It’s who you are and it’s the person everyone else thinks of when they hear your name and see you. Your reputation is your business card. So everything you do, say and post adds to the definition of you. Continue reading “3 Important Thoughts About Character”→
I learned a long time ago, that success is made through attitude. The more positive you are, the more success you will find. We all want things to be easy. The number one complaint you hear from all walks of life is how hard things are. Go in search of your easy and think positive.
When you have a positive outlook, you are happier. Things in life, regardless of what they are, are far easier when you’re happy. Now I don’t expect nor want anyone to be that annoying positive.
Part of being sucessfully positive is also being realistic. It’s fine to express sadness and you need to recognize when you’re not happy. But don’t dwell in negative thoughts. Recognize the challenges and overcome. This is good for leadership and for your creative process.
Life is much easier when we view everything through our own story. We each bring a unique tale to life. Our experiences, the people we know, all create a unique story. The tough part of life is understanding the other person’s words. We’re not good at doing this, but imagine if you could empathize with everyone you met? Continue reading “Why You Need to Understand Their Story”→