TRIPLE III TIME: Leading by Influence
First, I want everyone to know that I owe this excellent and timely TRIPLE III TIME message topic to a wonderful private industry leader and super friend. Second, I will leave out his specific position business-related examples… but his leadership points are the key. Finally, as you read this message be sure to stop at certain times and apply the key ideas to your world of work. You will understand why as you do it!
When you are Leading by Influence you assume the role of THE example… not just an example of great leadership. This action includes everything from knowing everyone’s time and role but also maintaining a product/service approach that says, “Let’s see if we can do something even better!” everyday… EVERYDAY!
Next, as issues, problems and concerns arise… Assume Total Accountability and Responsibility. Ducking away from or diverting responsibility as a leader often has a negative ripple-effect among staff and co-workers. Think about it. Will they feel like they can count on you and that you will “have their back” when questions arise? Or will they believe that we are a “team” only when things are good? Or will you have a leader-ish reputation for always “taking the glory” when praise comes around?
Finally, Communication is key to success! As a quality leader never assume you know all the facts about any issue. Allow for open input, ideas, and challenges. And Remember LISTENING is often the greater part of effective communication.
Thank you, R.W. for your Leading by Influence concepts. I know it will help many!