Making something that endures requires that it be important enough that we trade our precious time and talents to make it happen, that people benefit from it and we build in ways that it might live on to meet future needs in ways we cannot imagine today.
Jim Taylor, PhD writes about the leadership mindset in Psychology Today,
I define mindset as the attitudes, beliefs, and expectations you hold that act as the foundation of who you are, how you lead, and the ways in which you interact with your team.
Each of us are limited by the number of days to leave our mark. Most people I speak with have this understanding which drives them to ask the question, “What I am here for?” Continue reading “Stop chasing results and make impact”
Fear is the biggest obstacle we face in growing in leadership. Continue reading “Fear Is The Right Feeling”
High performing teams require a purpose they believe in, clear goals, and authority to implement the work assigned. Continue reading “3 obtacles blocking high performing teams”
People that choose to lead make mistakes that hurt people from time to time. Should we be surprised? The pressures of managing client expectations, employee desires, and other stakeholder expectations make possibilities for conflict nearly endless. Continue reading “Leaders Restore”
Leaders we can trust are clear, consistent, caring, and competent.
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.
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.
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?
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.