As a Leader myself, I too am a consumate learner about how to improve and adapt my style. I read, I watch, I observe.
I had an "A-ha" moment today. Effective leadership isn't necessarily about making the decision, it is about being able to effectively relate to those who support you. Think about it for a moment.
- Politicians are deemed strong leaders when they are able to effectively relate to their constituents.
- Businessmen and women are deemed strong leaders when they can effectively relate to members of their team, their department, their division.
- Sports figures are deemed strong leaders when they can rally individuals towards a common goal. These figures can be coaches or players.
- Religious leaders are effective when they can create a belief among their congregations in something larger than individuals.
There is not a Holy Grail to being an effective leader, but rather effective leaders instill confidence, empowerment, and a sense of being among others. I have had the opportunity to work with many people in many environments that were not in leadership positions. These individuals never complained about their own role, but rather understood how their role was important to the success of the organization. Effective leaders are able to translate organizational goals to individual effectiveness. As a result, each individual feels empowered to make decisions that positively benefit the end goals of the organization.
I have the belief that leaders can be both effective and ineffective based upon situations. I had the privelege of working in debt collections for an individual who shared that the best collectors are those that have fewer bad days than their peers. The same holds true for leaders. Leaders are most effective when they remember where they came from, not where they may be today.
I am a fan of leadership books that tell a story. They keep me grounded and remind me about times where I have felt similarly to the characters.
My advice. Never forget where you come from. Stay true to who you are. Overcommunicate to create a common vision.
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