Consultants like myself are often hired to bring in some magical potion that will help improve co-worker relationships for the sake of faster or less conflicted production. Sometimes that is precisely the wrong thing to do.
It may seem like a redundant question, but can you lead yourself or is that exclusively the privilege of another? Leadership tools are usually wielded on others but if you chose to use them on yourself which 3 would make the top of your list? Here are mine…
Good ranchers know that their livestock cannot survive on Hay alone and must eat other forms of nutrients like Alfalfa, to keep them healthy. Leadership is similar in that from time to time Leaders must bring their team to a particular field to grow.
Exploration and discovery are not an option when the traveler has concern about finding their way back home. Confidence and familiarity in my surroundings leads to the courage to risk and to discover.
The answer to this question is more telling about your leadership than you might suspect. Not only does the question separate inspiration from instruction but it equips the leader to see which form of leadership produces the best results.
Brad Anderson, recently retired President of Best Buy said: “My suspicion is that expectations have a huge impact on the kind of contribution people actually do make.” (http://www.marketnews.ca/LatestNewsHeadlines/BestBuyCEOtoRetire;BrianDunnNamedSuccessor.html)
This might be one of the most frightening and commonly bantered phrase in the market today, and it comes with some sobering implications. The reality that Leadership are being asked to accomplish more than last year, using fewer resources and resulting in higher levels of control, seems like an insurmountable task. How can improved results be accomplished using fewer people, spending less money, and resulting in better control – in this market?
As a Swimming World record holder I spent many hours in the swimming pool and in the gym, doing workouts. The workouts are designed to tax the mind and the body to a new level of stress, damage or breakdown. Then (by design) the mind and body repair itself, having expanded its operational range, and are now stronger for it. The deeper you go in to the new territory of ‘breakdown’ – the stronger you become after the recovery has taken place.