Hello my friends,
Do you know what leadership look like? In many companies and organizations throughout the world,Â leadership is looking more and more like a joke. You have to search through an organization for days at a time or wait for a catastrophic event to take place to find your real leaders. About a week ago in a discussion with a few colleagues over lunch, the topic centered on leadership and when will real leaders be allowed to lead. You may know ofÂ a few peopleÂ in leadershipÂ positions thatÂ for some reason or another, haveÂ lost touch in developing and leading their teams the right way. We are not simply talking about leading a team or department to a very high number for goals butÂ simply just having the attributes that builds trust in those team members thatÂ they are responsible for leading.
We have heard and known for some time now all ofÂ the buzz words for leadership; having vision,Â integrity, trust, character, firm, etc… and theseÂ attributes are paramount in true leadership.Â I recall a particular coach would say to hisÂ teams before the game, “To go out and play the game the right way.” The players or workers in turn would say the coach; “To lead us in theÂ right way.”Â People are smarter and more in tuned with what’s going on around them than they get credit for. This statement, “Please don’t piss on my head andÂ tell me that it’s raining” is becoming the buzz word from team members describing the communication style and strategies used by their managers when it comes to delivering information. People are starting to recognize the difference and leaders need to keep this in mind when it comes to communicating and leading others.
Many times the position title of leadershipÂ can actually trump the person’sÂ leading ability when it comes to getting theirÂ teams developed to achieve their goals. to reach another level. Have you everÂ came across a personÂ that was in a managerial role and used their title to trumpÂ their subordinates ideas, project accomplishments or even belittle them to their colleagues or superiors. Leadership doesn’t look like this!
Again what does Leadership look like? Great positive leadership comes in many differentÂ forms and we won’t touch all of them in this post however a few things come to mind when looking at leadership. Leadership have vision to see things in front or at a higher levelÂ when others are looking behind, on the sides or not looking at all. LeadershipÂ standÂ and make the difficult decision that is right for the situation and organizationÂ even if this means standingÂ by themselves. LeadershipÂ operates with integrityÂ knowing that everyone may not be treated the same however they doÂ their best to treat their team members right and fair. Leadership seeks input from others understanding that not one person has all of the answers. Leadership understands and accepts that not all ideas or decisons will be a success and they take full responsibilityÂ and learn from it. Leadership recognizesÂ those persons skilled in the areas ofÂ development and execution of strategy in attainingÂ goals and implementingÂ ideas which canÂ lead to creating value for the organization over time.
I applaud those that have earned the mantle of being promoted to a leadership positionÂ at your particular workplace and I know that this duty was not easily earned. When you see real leadership at work on any level, do your best toÂ recognize,Â acknowledgeÂ and growÂ it, because in the absence of real leadership you jeopardize the core of the organization that will lead to mass exodus of talented people onward in search being led by leaders and/or becoming one themselves.
For everyÂ promotion of leadership you attained, make sure to continue to sharpen your leadership skills by reading books, masterminding with other leaders and attending leadershipÂ seminars and classes. After all of the reading, talking and learning, mostÂ importantly, leadershipÂ recognizes opportunity, communicate the opportunityÂ and challenge their group to take it on. LeadershipÂ getÂ in theÂ heads and hearts of their team members, theÂ earsÂ of the customers and the eyes of the competitors. Why? In order to understand and be able toÂ stand in front to determine,Â engage and influenceÂ the marketplace to follow the leader. This is what leadership in my eyes look like! Please share your thoughts and ideas about what leadership looks like to you.
Be the Leader you are Looking for!