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”