Leaderships is influence. We must be able to inspire others to action.
There are leaders out there who constantly wonder what they can do to garner this action.
What must they do to see their teams respond? What must be said to see action? What must be done for results?
This Stormtrooper knows how to set the example – Image by JD Hancock
In my experience, there’s one thing that will inspire others to take action. To go the extra mile. To bleed for the company.
What is this one thing leaders can do? It’s setting the example.
What Does It Mean To Set The Example?
Guys, this is fairly easy to figure out. Realizing what setting the example is doesn’t take a lot of work.
Setting the example means showing your team what needs to be done. In all you do, show off the traits of a model employee. Read more...
When we hire a new employee, we want him to give his best to the work he’ll be doing. We want to see him excel and do a fantastic job.
Yet we often set these new hires up for failure.
Now, don’t think I’m crazy. At least not yet. Once you’re done reading this post, I think you’ll realize there’s less crazy going on than you thought.
Setting up the new employees for failure often happens unconsciously. We don’t even think about it. And that’s the problem!
We’re blinded to the faults we have and the poor leadership tactics we may be showing towards them.
I believe we need to open the eyes of our employees. Especially the new ones.
When we do, we begin to set them up for success rather than failure. Read more...
I remember growing up and seeing leaders who would yell, scream, and shout to make their point. Sometimes they were even red in the face.
Do you remember leaders like this?
True, they were passionate about their cause. They wanted to share what they knew with the audience. Yet something about them was off-putting.
Nothing about them made me want to get to know them as a person.
What Shouting Says
There’s a lot of noise in our world today. Many people think the way to get over the noise is to shout their message even louder. Crank up the volume and make sure others hear you.
When you begin to shout your mission, you begin to send another message. Read more...
- You’re desperate
- You just want to be heard
- You’re disruptive (in a negative way)
In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown complains to Linus that every day his lunch is the same. When Linus asks Charlie Brown who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown says, “I do.”
Image via Jeffrey Beall
Charlie Brown’s complaint seems really silly after hearing his answer to “Who makes your lunch?”
He’s the one who gets the ingredients, puts them together, and puts them in the lunch bag. Yet he’s unhappy with the results.
Results that he has total control over.
What could he do differently?
He could pack a different lunch. He could go out to eat. He could even ask to swap his lunch with a friend.
Any of those things would change his lunch but he chooses to complain about it.
Are you like Charlie Brown?
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- complain about situations that you could change?