FLASHPOINTS: How Will History Define Your Leadership Legacy?

BAG Screen shot 061014Make your life about the other people in it.

At the core of many great leaders throughout history is the concept of servant leadership. This concept encourages leaders to lead by being of service to their team members. When our role exists to be of service to others by supporting and developing them, we bring out the best in those on our team … and team member gratitude, productivity and loyalty skyrocket as a result. As an added bonus, it’s absolutely rewarding to see folks move closer to their fullest potential while in our charge. When contemplating the leadership strategies we hope to deploy, its helpful to think of leaders we admire most: what qualities, traits and values do/did they possess? How will history define your leadership legacy?

 

Once You Conduct a “Work Climate Survey”, Act on the Results

This takeaway comes from a business owner who submitted a question about declining company morale. We suggested he conduct an anonymous “work climate survey” to find out what’s really going on in the company. The owner did and got some surprising results back and now wants to know what to do with the information.

To listen to the full question and answer, click here: Virtual Jam Session replay.

  1. Beware High Performing, but Disrespectful Team Members: A strong, cohesive team is crucial for enduring success. Team members must be “coachable” and able to grow with an organization. Somebody who is a star performer, but happens to be a real jerk can quickly poison a team and cause huge problems. Don’t be afraid to part ways with top performers who lack the emotional intelligence to work effectively the rest of your team.
  2. Address Issues and Challenges in a Direct, Respectful Manner: Some leaders are more concerned with “being loved” than actually leading their organization. If challenges exist (and they do…even in the best organizations), deal with them directly and don’t beat around the bush. Tiptoeing around challenges can quickly frustrate the rest of the team and cause people to question your leadership ability. Make sure you are factual, avoid personal attacks, empathize, and solicit feedback on potential solutions.
  3. Leadership is Not the Same as Management: Leadership is all about inspiring your team to achieve extraordinary results. Leaders carry an organization’s vision, cheerlead during tough times, pitch in when needed, and recognize that the organization is far more than simply the sum of it’s parts. Smart leaders understand that they don’t have all the answers and are continually improving themselves through coaching and other professional development.

For more information on getting the most out of your “work climate survey”, be sure to listen to a past Virtual Jam Session replay.

3 Ways to Build Heart Power

Every leader, achiever and organization worth their weight understands the importance of expending energy to get results.  Mechanics and engineers might call this “horse power.” Developing a fully engaged fan base of team members, clients, and family members takes a whole lot more than torque and brute force. The best way to accomplish this mission is by building and activating the emotional and spiritual connection of those in our sphere of influence…I call this, Heart Power.  In it’s simplest form, here are three ways to unleash the power:

  1. Live (and communicate) a compelling vision. One of my favorite Proverbs states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Our families and team members long to share a common vision with us—speak yours out loud.
  2. Balance work & family. The single greatest element of high-energy living is focusing the appropriate time & priorities towards professional & personal pursuits. Don’t screw this one up!
  3. Celebrate & have fun! When we lose the power to laugh, we lose the power to think clearly and create abundantly. If you’re not having fun, it’s time for a gut check, and ask yourself, “Why?”
  4. Audacious, Tenacious and Unshakable