Don’t Join an Organization, Lead One
Today’s world is looking for leaders. While most of us question our abilities, and ourselves we tend to overlook our capabilities and our expertise. Look deeply within yourself and see the inborn talents you have. Combine that view with your desire to succeed and a strong work ethic. You will become a leader. A leader is not a genius or someone that always has natural born talents. They are people who choose to step out of their comfort zone and accomplish the difficult tasks. Always understand other’s paradigms and perspectives. Respect those views and embrace the person. Then share your vision and describe your strategic plan. When you have many people sharing a vision and believe it is possible, your will become a leader. You will have taken the first steps in changing something and as your skill set as a leader grows, you can become as big as you desire. When you face conflict, embrace the ideas and search for ways to overcome them. It will make you stronger. When you face failure, embrace it and you will learn how to strengthen or adjust your plan. Failure, conflict, and challenges make you develop your leadership skills. Accomplish the unthinkable
Always Encourage the Need to Over-Achieve
As we lead future generations into the world, we must always emphasize the need to accomplish goals. However, we must also assure that everyone understands that over achievement is a virtuous trait that few possess. Leaders are made from over achievers and if one wants to lead in whatever they endeavor they should strive to over achieve. That trait will become inborn and success will follow.
Understand them, Embrace,them and Lead Them to Success
Effective leadership is one where the leader makes every attempt to understand people’s paradigms. If a leader’s task is too assure that people accept their vision, then they must understand all the different perspectives that people have within them. People’s paradigms are based on their experiences and backgrounds and many may not be something a leader has lived. Without the communication with team members on their lives and history, a leader cannot begin to understand their paradigm. People love to tell you who they are and what there life entails. Embrace them, listen, and mentally walk in their shoes. After you take their paradigm into you inner self you can then develop a workplace that they fit into and then accept your vision. Once the vision is accepted and agreed, the strategic plan becomes effective. You will be aware of your employee’s strengths and weaknesses and then you can make their weaknesses into strengths and harvest their strengths. Once your employees realize how capable they are, their performance will become heighten and your business will grow exponentially. For years corporate America has shunned relationships with employees and we have distanced them from the corporate management. Other culture’s have been successful at this concept and have evolved beyond our performance. Reach out, embrace and understand employees and you will develop a self-empowered, self-directed workforce that over achieves.
Commitment to Safety and Ethics
As we make every attempt to improve our leadership skill set, there is one path that always underlies real success. That path is one where leaders are compassionate to their employees, guarantee their safety and provide an environment that is based on ethical behavior. At all costs we must be compassionate to our team’s needs and provide for their utmost safety. Leaders must walk the path of their workers, understand their concerns and embrace their concerns. We have a social and moral responsibility to provide a workplace that is safe and ergonomic. If we do not address those safety needs, our team will become disengaged and less productive. Ignoring the productivity side of the equation, leaders have a moral responsibility to provide a caring environment for their teams. Employees and their families have the undeniable right for their loved ones to return home in the condition they came to a place of employment. The lack of compassion of this need will undermine anything else the workplace and leaders can provide. This expectation ties into the need for an ethical as it is only ethical to provide this environment to the team. Everything else a leader can provide is secondary. A leader must care for their team and walk the processes that employees are expected to execute. Ask questions, offer solutions and follow through on providing resolutions and your team will then provide the utmost for the company. Leaders who sit at desks and do not know the risks in the day to day activities of their employees will fail. Delegation of this activity is not as effective as a leader walking and talking the life we expect others to live.