When asked, “What is the job of a leader?” the standard response is to, “Get things done through other people.” Sounds simple, right? But there is much more that goes into getting things done through people. In fact, getting things done through other people is the result of what I believe is the real job of a leader.
The real job of a leader is to develop other people – their team – to successfully execute the vision they have set for their organization; whether it be a free-standing organization, a department within a larger firm or a small business. Simply stated, the job of a leader is to have the right people with the right skills in the right roles at the right time. Yet, despite its simplicity, developing people still does not get the attention it should on many so-called leaders’ radars. Continue reading →
Managing the boss is best done openly, not subversively. Smart executives communicate to the boss what they are doing and why they are doing it. If you were writing a memo to the boss about why you were managing him, you would address these ten reasons why a boss should want to be managed by a direct report: Continue reading →
Every leader wants and needs to be trusted and be seen as credible by their team. Trust and credibility are equally important and go hand-in-hand in either making or breaking a leadership career. It’s been written that trust is built on credibility and credibility is earned by putting the interest of others ahead of yours.
Some mistakenly believe that they come with a “title” or are based on the size of your office. They are not given; they cannot be bought. They must be earned and then sustained, and this requires hard work on a consistent basis.
Consider practicing the following behaviors to help you either build or enhance your trust and credibility with your team. Continue reading →
I am constantly running into leaders and entrepreneurs who lament about the same challenge. Namely, their team’s performance is either not in sync with or not sufficient enough to help them make their vision a reality. I have even coached some of these “team challenged” folks. Some never got it and have gone elsewhere to seek fame. Others have gotten it and are achieving success.
As you drill down into their challenge it becomes apparent that some have only scratched the surface teaching their team specifically how their individual performance connects with and drives their vision. Even worse, some do nothing to help their team make the connection. Hence, the title of this morning’s Wake-up Call. Continue reading →
Periodically, all leaders need to take a fresh look at what they do, how they do it and why they do it. In other words, they need to challenge their leadership status quo.
Some leaders become so caught up in their own strategies and methods that they have great difficulty breaking free or letting go of what they have become very comfortable doing. They are so heavily invested in their approach that they have become oblivious to the fact that the world has changed around them, and it is time to do some things differently or face a downward spiral from which there may be no recovery.
If anything stated above touches a “nerve,” then it is time to challenge your leadership status quo. In this process, be sure that you can answer these key questions: Continue reading →
Effective leadership is not about managing your way through a maze of to-do tasks that do nothing but add to the misconception that you’re actually doing something important. In most cases, you’re not. You’re just getting good at busy work.
There are many of you who start out having good “intentions” about being an effective leader, but your actions result in you falling woefully short. These shortfalls turn into real barriers to your ability to lead effectively and achieve any meaningful level of success. The source of these barriers and their solution can be found in the same place: within you.
Many of you are unwilling to take ownership of these barriers. In fact, many are even unwilling to admit that these barriers exist. Continue reading →
The common link amongst successful leaders is the ability to make timely decisions even with incomplete information. They know that decisions lead to action. Taking too long to make a decision can be a business killer. Here’s how to eliminate procrastination and take action quickly.