Don’t you just love the lists of how to do this and how to do that. Well as 2012 rapidly approaches, our love for the “Top 10 Ways” types of lists only increases. We develop a mindset that says lay out the path, show me the tools and give me some new ways to think.
The driving force behind our interest in these types of lists is an inner desire to grow. We want to do things different, we want to think different and we want to be different, as long as the end result means growth. Growth is a critical component of the vehicle that drives you down the road of success.
Below is a straight to the point list of how leaders can increase their leadership in 2012.
12 Ways Leaders Can Increase Their Leadership In 2012
1. Truly Embrace The Team Concept: There is no “I” in team and teamwork makes the dream work.
2. Don’t Play It Safe: Be willing to take some risks. Your risks can be calculated or not, either way you need to get off the shores of playing it safe.
3. Give Credit & Take Blame: Give credit where credit is due and be willing to look in the mirror and say, “My Bad” or “It’s My Fault!”
4. Don’t Be A Yes Man or Yes Woman: Be willing to step up and challenge things when they need to be challenged. This can be the process of leading-up or leading-down.
5. Don’t Lose Your Cool: Remember the 3C’s in all situations – Cool, Calm & Collected.
6. Empower Your Team: Release your team to do their job. Don’t be a micro-manager.
7. Minimize Meetings: Reduce the number of meetings, the length of meetings, the necessity of meetings and the list of who needs to attend the meetings.
8. Get To Know Your Team Members On A Personal Level: Know what’s going on in the lives of your team members outside of work. Know their interests, their children’s interests… To know is to care.
9. Take Time To Develop Your Team Members: Leadership development isn’t a system but rather an on-going act of moving people from where they are to where they need to be. If you want your overall leadership capacity to increase, you must increase the capacity of those around you. Leadership development isn’t optional, it’s a necessity.
10. Surround Yourself With The Best: Be willing to hire people that may be smarter, sharper, more opinionated and maybe even all around better leaders than you are. Empowerand release those people to strengthen your team and compliment your leadership.
11. Shh Listen For A Change: Don’t be the person who is always talking – Shh, Be Quiet and Listen for a change.
12. Ask The Difficult Questions: This is where candid evaluation/assessment of everything will make the leader and the team better. Ask questions like: Are the individuals that I have on my team making me better? Am I a my way or the highway leader? Are we going in the right direction? Who on my team got us here, but won’t get us there? Am I making those around me better personally and professionally? Am I open to receive candid feedback? If my position, role, title or formal authority was removed would those around me still be willing to follow? The list of questions goes on and on. Ask the tough questions and embrace the tough answers