We’ll share our thoughts, though we also prefer to hear from you, so share your opinion !
According to our marketing partner, Preactive Marketing, the phrase “leadership is” has over 6 million global monthly searches. This indicates there is a growing interest in the topic and in learning to become a better leader.
So, how would you finish the phrase leadership is…
I would finish it something like this:
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
– Dwight Eisenhower
Thanks for the words of wisdom Ike. Leaders can’t lead without followers – or as I like to call them – implementers and doers. So, how does a leader get someone to do something because he/she wants it done?
- Transparency – Be transparent. People can usually tell when “something is up.” So before the rumors begin flying and productivity is impacted, communicatewith your employees. When making strategic decisions, determining organizational changes, or facing issues that impact employees, successful leaders need to be transparent with their workforce about how these matters arose, their thought process for dealing with them, and how their solutions may directly impact those they lead.
- Trust – Create a safe and trusting environment. Trust is a fundamental behavior for any relationship, both personal and professional. According to a study by the Hay Group, a global management consultancy, there are 75 key components of employee satisfaction (Lamb & McKee, 2009). They found that: Trust and confidence in top leadership was the single most reliable predictor of employee satisfaction in an organization. Trust must be earned. Leaders can earn employee trust by helping employees understand the company’s overall business strategy, informing them how they contribute to achieving key business goals, and sharing information with employees on both how the company is doing and how an employee’s own performance is relative to organizational objectives. It is much easier for employees to trust a leader that shows an interest in them.
- Self Awareness – Be self aware. Successful leaders have a heightened level of self-awareness, they have an understanding of themselves, their behaviors and actions, and how those behaviors and actions are interpreted by, and directly impact, employees. A good example of leadership self-awareness is exhibited in the U.S. Army’s leadership philosophy of “be, know, do.” Be proficient and competent, know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses, and do take responsibility and lead by example. Always be open to further growth and learning. Professional coaching is also a great well to help further develop leader self-awareness.
You see…leadership is a facet of business that is imperative to succeeding.
“The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization.”
– Fred Fiedler & Martin Chemers
So be a quality leader – one who people trust, respect, and want to follow!
About Scott Span, MSOD: is President of Tolero Solutions Organizational Development & Change Management firm. He helps clients to facilitate sustainable growth by developing people and organizations to be more responsive, focused, productive and profitable.
Email | Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog | Facebook
*All Rights Reserved. Reproduction, publication, and all other use of any and all of this content is prohibited without authorized consent of Tolero Solutions and the author.
Fun post, Scott. Folks can mine these couple of discussions to spur some more ideas:
Thanks for sharing, Andy. I had not seen the NASA interview. Linda raises some good points.
I am going to print out those three points and hang them on the wall in my office as a daily reminder.
I like that last line of being a quality leader-one who people WANT to follow. WIthout any followers, there’s no leader.
Thanks, Janet! Not a bad idea. Vanessa, I totally agree. Often leaders forget they have to inspire others to want to follow them, the follwership can’t be forced…least not productively and for the long term.
would expand on Mr. Holt’s reply in that Communication is imperative in BOTH directions to be even an adequate leader.
Jack and Henry – Thanks. I would agree, and I would add – ALL directions, including laterally and externally as well as internally. Communication shouldn’t just be top down or even just bottom up.