Category Archives: LEADERSHIP – ALWAYS!
The topic of leadership truly generates a wide array of viewpoints, suggestions, historical examples, and assessments with regard to quality and style. Additionally, I believe it is difficult for anyone in a leadership role to accurately and completely explain their own methodology and arrangement to lead effectively. However, as a “case study” for this TRIPLE III TIME message, I would like to have you use a special TOP 10 list of questions to determine if you practice LEADING By Assumption.
- Do you regularly choose to NOT over assign… because you believe your workers can’t handle it?
- Do you move on a leadership issue only after you observe someone else taking action?
- Do you strategically limit input on a problem because of what you might hear?
- Do you NOT take on a new project because you believe it will never work?
- Do you limit the number of new initiatives, new services or new products you purse because you can only count on certain people?
- Do you become overwhelmed because it is your leadership practice to “just do it myself”?
- Do you consider it a successful workday if no challenging issues arose?
- Do you measure staff professional development by the number of years they have been on the job?
- Do you consider waiting until you get more, better information as a regular leadership strategy?
- Do you promote change or be content in knowing that “we have always done it this way”?
Unfortunately, I must report that LEADING By Assumption causes you to only look at where you have been… not where you want… need to grow!! Also, I must report that there are a large number of individuals that are LEADING By Assumption. How about YOU? Honestly, how well did you do on the TOP 10?
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!
The process for identifying a career area to pursue has followed a similar pattern for a number of years. Research, observation, career consulting and networking have all been contributors to career development. Additionally, with the new era opportunities offered via online access the availability of job information has widened to a level never dreamed of! However, I believe the challenge of deciding what career track to follow has actually become more difficult. The information overload, the speed of job creation, job changes and yes even job eliminations have enabled some who have tremendous world-of-work potential…to become Career Runaways.
Career Runaways are those who often enter a workplace due to convenience or fiscal necessity. And even though you might think I’m talking about todays young adults, let me assure you that Career Runaways are found at every age level. No don’t misunderstand my position! Many Career Runaways are very successful in the jobs or work areas that they are involved in. They have a great work ethic and an excellent company/organization supporting mindset. But are they able to make the professional development impacts that they might with just a little more education, training, opportunity exposures and/or just plain encouragement?
Today more than ever before…I feel that FULL (i.e. FULL TIME + CAPACITY) employment is in some way everyone’s job. Whether it is job coaching a young person, encouraging a friend to just take one class, admitting to co-worker’s failure moments that helped you try harder and/or not being afraid to build a network of colleagues that have professional expectations of your true potential.
Bottomline: Help who and whenever you can. Consider it an opportunity of a lifetime…because you may never know the extended good that you may do.