[vimeo id="110407802"] I’ve written many blogs on leaders and offered some thoughts on how to lead effectively. This post is a little different because I’ll talk about how not to lead. I came across a post from Mark Sanborn that inspired these ideas and I’ll share them with you along with some of my own thoughts. Before I do, I think it’s important to realize that these blunders tend to creep in when we’re comfortable in our leadership.
First, leaders settle once they reach their best success. What I mean is don’t just stay with what’s working right now, try to look several steps ahead and be ready to change with the ever-changing culture. Many organizations tend to get relaxed in their success and once they do, they’re in danger of being passed up by their competition. Remember that what works today is going to be outdated tomorrow.
Second, leaders can settle for leading with clichés. One-liners and being “Tweet-able” is very popular right now, but remember that you are leading real people who need real motivation. It’s okay to be tweetable, but make sure that what you do has sincere intention behind it. In other words, don’t let your “Tweet-able” sayings become the “go-to” saying every time things get a little tough. Make sure that what you’re teaching is true, not just for today, but contextualize it for all times.
Third, leaders can settle in their mentoring practices. Don’t just listen and nod and suggest small things to help people with their problems. Be active; be purposeful in your approach to helping someone. This goes back to the previous point – everything you do starts with whether you’re genuine and purposeful. If you’re not, people will see that, but if you are, they will see it and respect you all the more.
Fourth, leaders tend to ignore emerging leaders when they’re comfortable. Think about it. When we’re building a company or a new vision, we’re constantly seeking advice, we’re learning and we welcome input from everyone. However, when we begin to succeed, we get more comfortable and less intentional about seeking advice. In fact, we might even put down others who are excelling under our leadership. We might see them as a threat. One of the true tests of your leadership is if you can continue to learn and welcome input even at the height of your success. Genuine leaders will help develop the rise of new leaders – they don’t ignore them. They involve them in decision-making – always! After all, the purpose of leadership should never be selfish but others focused.
Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope I’ve encouraged your leadership today. If you have ideas that you’d like to share with me, please fee free to respond below. Have a great day!