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When you’re in a position of leadership, you know there are actions happening behind the scenes. The rest of your team is oblivious to these happenings.

Unfortunately, when they’re happening in secret, your team doesn’t understand the reasons you’re making the choices you’re making.

This may lead to you being viewed as a bad leader. What you need to do is to help your team to understand what’s happening.

In a recent post about bad leadership, I mentioned a couple of things you may be doing that causes your team to think you’re leading poorly. This post is a great example of why you need to help your team understand the inner workings of the business.

You don’t have to go into the deep details but you should at least explain a few key points of the business to your team. This can prevent a lot of grief and agony.

Leadership is not a solitary endeavor. Instead, it’s about creating an organization that builds upon the strengths of the team.

And at every level of your organization there are those team members who can be of greater value than you realize. You just have to be willing to pass them a bit of the power.

Then you might see amazing results flow from the team.

There’s a power that flows within teams that realize leadership must not only come from the top down but from the bottom up. It’s getting your team to grasp the importance of what is placed before them and taking ownership of getting the job done.

But most will be unwilling to do this without your blessing. They may be fearful there will be repercussions for taking a chance that you might not have approved.

Pull Up A Chair

February 11, 2013 — 23 Comments

From time to time we lose that personal connection with our team members. The days get busy. Our schedules don’t allow us to meet regularly. We forget to pull up the chair.

As this happens, our team’s attunement is lost.

What’s Attunement?

Attunement is making your team aware and/or responsive. This means getting your team members on the same page and ready to work together.

When a team is attuned, great things begin to happen. Goals are reached. Relationships are improved. Business starts to grow.

Sounds great, huh?

How To Gain Attunement

Gaining attunement in your organization should be a key goal. With it, people are energized and know what’s going on.

However, gaining attunement is the tricky part. It requires hard work on your part. Then again, what good thing doesn’t require hard work?

We all want to lead better. To make sure we’re leading our team in the best possible direction.

I’ve found 3 secrets to effective leadership.

Secrets

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With these 3 secrets, you’ll not only improve your effectiveness as a leader, you’ll become a better leader.

I’m willing to share these 3 secrets with you but you have to promise me something. That you’ll keep these a secret. Shhh!

No, not really. Please share these 3 secrets with everyone that wants to know how to become a more effective leader. That’s what we’re all about.