I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
When you’re a leader, a lot is required of you.
You’re called upon to cast vision. You’re supposed to lead with unwavering conviction. You’re expected to do stuff.
But something that Peter Drucker once said struck me:
We spend a lot of time teaching our leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching them what to stop.
Isn’t that so true? We do a lot of teaching on the to-dos of leadership. We spend much less time instructing leaders on what to watch out for and what not to do.
So, let’s look at 6 things leaders need to stop doing.
6 Things You Should Stop Doing As A Leader
1. Leaders need to stop ignoring the concerns of their teams: Anyone who’s been on the front lines of an organization, that place where you’re dealing directly with the customer or you’re producing the product, knows there can be a disconnect between the leadership and what’s really happening on the floor. These team members are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into serving the organization.
The longer someone is on your team, the more they should grow. Reality has shown us this often isn’t the case.
Someone takes the position, and then they stop growing. Whether that’s because they feel they’ve made it or they don’t know where else to go, things need to change.
And there’s good news. You can help your team develop. You can impact their development.
Impact Your Team’s Development
Your team members spend a majority of their waking hours at the office. From 8-5 (or maybe longer), they’re in an environment you have authority over. They’re there and they’re working for you.
When they leave the office, they may find it difficult to find the desire to seek out personal or professional development. All they want to do when they exit the doors is to go home and see their families. Learning and growing can seem like another task from the office they’re bringing home.
As a married man, I am committed to remaining faithful to my wife. That means I have to constantly evaluate my thoughts.
Even in the workplace. I need to judge what my thoughts are and where my eyes are going.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen many of my friends fall to sexual temptation. They allowed themselves to become entangled in affairs.
Their actions caused the end of their marriages. Their families were ripped apart. And their relationships with their children have become strained.
It’s so sad to see people you love have their lives drastically changed because of a decision they’ve made.
These situations are also why I try to guard myself against the temptation to commit adultery.
I hope you’re committed to your marriage and your family as well. If you’re struggling to stay faithful to your spouse, I suggest you try the following actions:
Black History Month, or African-American History Month, is celebrated every February. During Black History Month, people remember the important people and events in the lives of African-Americans.
Being that it is Black History Month, I wanted to take a look at a few African-Americans who have changed the course of history.
Leadership Lessons From Black History Month
Be An Advocate
Isabella Baumfree, better known as Sojourner Truth, was born into slavery. In 1826, Sojourner escaped from her owner with her daughter Sophia. On July 4th, 1827 New York emancipated all slaves in the state.
Throughout her life, Sojourner fought for the rights of others. She advocated for the rights of other slaves, women, and prison reform until her death.
Great leaders advocate the advancement of others. They look and see what’s wrong in the world and then fight to change it.