Are you searching for a leader to trust?

Leaders we can trust are clear, consistent, caring, and competent.

Clarity

Clarity is crucial in achieving desired outcomes. Teams unleash creativity when they understand mission and are aligned to goals.  Lack of clarity results in wasted time and frustrated people.

Consistency

Consistent leaders make people feel safe and achieve superior results. To the contrary, leaders that change course too frequently have difficulty maintaining the trust of their teams and lose productivity.   The best leaders are governed by their guiding principles.  Articulating these principles make the leader visible, accessible, and predictable even when they are not present physically.

Leaders lead best when we see them living their core values and the work being delivered ties others to a purpose greater than themselves.

Caring

Solidify trust through caring.   We learn how the leader values people by their  behaviors.

    • Do they praise others generously?
    • Do they look to give credit?
    • Are they building relationships for the benefit of the team or for themselves?
    • Do they see leadership in terms of transactions or relationships?
    • Are other leaders following them or do they walk alone?

Competent

While the leader may not be the expert on the team, few would dare follow willingly one who lacks ability to deliver.

Shepherding: The art of becoming the leader others want to follow.

Who is sculpting your leadership?

Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

How could we become a masterpiece?

Let’s start with what we can know: identify what resides at our core and ask the following questions:

  • What are values will we not compromise?
  • What are the activities that energize us most?
  • When do we feel the most alive?

Continue reading “Who is sculpting your leadership?”

Our Leadership Echo

I’m wondering if most teams aren’t just the echo of their leader’s actions.

Similar to how children pick up the habits of their parents, I have observed how teams pick up our traits. This doesn’t absolve individuals of their responsibility to act in the best interest of the client.  As leader, it does mean we have a responsibility to set the highest of standards. Continue reading “Our Leadership Echo”

You are enough to make change

How we see ourselves effects how we see others.

That is why in the shepherding framework before we invite others to follow us, we start with shepherding ourselves. If we lead ourselves well we will be in the best position to lead others.

For certain, we cannot give what we do not possess so when we are ready to become a transformational leader and invite others to join us, we begin by assessing what giftings we possess and can offer. We do this by taking inventory of what we have in our tool kit. And everybody has something!

What words resonate with you?

The image in this post is a terrific example of how to start and comes from my daughter. She created this at school and her work illustrates how good leaders build their foundation. She identified all the attributes important to her in a creative way. Her way. What I like best are the words at the center, “I am enough.”

Making the change

You are enough to bring the spark to ignite the change you wish to see in the world.  While the type of leadership I’m talking about takes time, it is worth it.  The change we bring is sustainable because it is formed first in the hearts and minds of others before we see it come into the world.

Be the safe place

Through the process of accepting ourselves the way we were designed, our true voice can begin to be heard. In our work, when we accept that we bring unique value to every endeavor, we become less critical of those around us.

We may also find that as we do this, we become the safe place that our teams need to perform well. Instead of our team running and hiding from us, we become the one they run to in times of trouble.

You are enough to become the safe place.

I will be unpacking some of these ideas at the upcoming PMI Symposium in a few days. I hope I might see you there.

Shepherding: The art of becoming the leader others want to follow.