Thoughts about Leadership
An employer recently asked me, If people have not learned how to be responsible employees, before I hire them, is it really my responsibility to provide them with life skills training? He then answered his own question. He said, If I want to have a successful company, not only do I have to make sure the employees learn what they need to know, but I must be more effective in getting everybody on the same page.
What is the difference between high performing organizations and organizations that struggle along with the same problems, day after day, year after year, until they finally hang it all up?
As we study organizations to identify what makes the difference between a great place to work, and a place that is not so great, we find there are definite differences in the characteristics of the environments.
The difference is in the quality of leadership.
The good news is, leadership can be learned, and with practice, can be perfected.
Let us begin by defining some words that are often overused, but not always properly understood.
Integrity: The quality of being honest and trustworthy, a condition of being whole, and not separated into parts.
An effective leader is honest, not only when convenient, but also because it is the right way to be. Children justify cheating in school because their parents teach them it is okay to cheat. When adults brag about cheating on taxes they are teaching that it is okay to lie to keep from being inconvenienced. It really is not okay. Are we modeling the behavior we want in our place of business, and in our homes? Do we practice Integrity in all of our actions?
Productivity: is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. You are effective as a leader when the value of what you produce is greater than the cost of producing it. High-level productivity, innovation and growth, never exist where slavery is present. Far too many managers think their employees come to work to meet the manager’s needs. Employees come to work for their reasons, not to please management. We get voluntary cooperation only when people can get their own needs met. Just as we need to meet the human needs and solve the problems of our customer’s externally, we must be in a position to do the same thing internally.
Leadership: The art of moving individuals and groups toward a common vision “ each individual and the organization will achieve mutually fulfilling goals.
- What are ineffective leadership skills doing to your bottom line?
- Do you have a clearly communicated vision and mission for your organization?
- How can people follow if you don’t let them know where you are going?
- What do people say about your organization when they are not at work?
Leader: is every one of us who has accepted a role where someone can watch us. Effective leaders have a vision, and are optimistic.
- What would it take to become the type of leader that people want to follow?
- What behavior traits do you want to improve that will increase your leadership skills?
- A well-balanced leader has goals in all areas of life, family, educational, social, career, financial, spiritual, physical and mental health. What Goals do you need to set today to be, to have and to live your best life?
Responsibility: means the ability to choose your response to a given situation. The results we experience in our lives are the results of the choices we make.
Success depends on your ability to take personal responsibility for the choices you make at work, at school, at home and in relationships. Daily you are faced with changes, challenges, and choices. A successful leader will not leave their future to chance. You choose success when you take action to live your life by practicing personal leadership habits.
Success is a Choice — Success is a habit!