Everyone knows great leaders must think strategically while motivating all their employees to achieve the organization’s vision. These are the big things that lead to success. However, what about the little things that leaders must day everyday to succeed?
There are at least a dozen little things that most successful leaders must add to their daily routine to keep the train on the tracks. These include
- Talking with everyone in the organization: MBWA (Managing While Walking Around) as first popularized by William Hewlett & David Packard [yes, that Hewlett-Packard] in the 1970’s, it is still one of the most effective, and efficient, ways to gather information about what is going on in your organization while showing your employees you really care about what they do.
2. Keeping Things in Perspective: In other words, don’t over react. Virtually nothing is as bad, or as good, as it seems at first. When hit with a surprise; when breaking news occurs; when the world ends…take a breath, step back, assess the situation, determine the best path, and act.
Fighter pilots, who are frequently under tremendous stress, learn OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) principles. And most of them make good leaders because of this training.
3. Accepting people for who they are: No one is great at everything. Yet everyone is good at something. Look to place square pegs into square holes; for now. Then look for opportunities to soften the edges through training & mentoring to see who can step up to the next level, without expecting everyone to.
Talent management is a term thrown around quite a bit today. It usually refers to developing your people. Everyone deserves a chance to grow & evolve, so make it happen for those who choose to take advantage of it while accepting those whom are comfortable just doing their job. You need them too.
4. Being Authentic: No matter which great leaders you admire, or aspire to follow, you are not them. Don’t try to be. Be yourself while emulating the qualities you respect in others.
“A journey begins with a single step” so said Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher) more than 2,700 years ago. It holds true today & so, does leadership. These are 4 actions you can take on your journey to becoming a good, or even great, leader.
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