This is the summary of the series on Leaderology | Insightful Leadership & Effective Communication.
Do you identify with being a leader and step confidently into that role or do you shy away from the label of being a leader?
What is your response to this question? Over the years, I’ve heard responses that cover the full spectrum from confident leader to stepping away from being a leader.
You are a leader in at least one aspect of your life. Most people are leaders in multiple roles. As a business owner, you lead your employees, as a parent, you lead your children, and as an entrepreneur, you lead your clients. There are other ways that you are a leader as well. What comes to mind?
Recently, I read an article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) about a study that took place over 10 years about the behaviours of successful leaders. ghSmart’s CEO Genome Project studied the behaviours of 17,000 successful C-Suite executives and identified 4 behaviours of successful leaders.
The CEO Genome Project identified these as the four (4) behaviours of successful leaders.
- Decide with Speed & Conviction
- Engage for Impact
- Adapt Proactively
- Deliver Reliably
With so much going on in your life and business as an entrepreneur, how do you measure your performance of each of these behaviours? How do you know if you’re successful?
Did you know that there are over 200,000 books on leadership on Amazon? I narrowed my search down to Business Leadership and found that there are over 30,000 books on leadership in business.
That’s a lot of valuable information about being a leader in business, don’t you agree? I’m certain that many of those books will have the answers you’re seeking about successful leadership behaviours. I’ve summarized the behaviours and provided you with some tips that you can adopt today.
Deciding with Speed & Conviction:
Effective leaders make decisions quickly and without all the data. The key here is to decide, act and then course correct. It’s so much easier to shift your course slightly while you’re moving than it is to act too late.
According to the research, ghSmart discovered that leaders who made decisions slowly became bottlenecks and often high achievers left the organization.
Engaging for Impact:
So, what does it mean to engage for impact? Well, it’s about being mindful of how you present yourself and how others perceive you.
When you know yourself well and have released all your limiting beliefs from your past and your projections of others, you will easily engage with others for greater impact.
As a leader, you need to be aware of your communication style and tailor your style to communicate effectively with those around you.
Listen effectively and understand what others are saying and, in some cases, not saying. As Steven Covey told us "first seek to understand, then to be understood". When you're able to truly comprehend the other person's point of view, then you’re able to truly engage for impact.
The question is, how do you clean up your filters and your projections and your limiting beliefs so that you can truly pay attention to the other person?
As a leader, you must know yourself well. Identify the assumptions that you jump to with people. Be aware of your limiting beliefs and the projections you put on others. Finally, identify and adapt your communication style to easily and naturally converse with others for the greatest impact.
First, what does it mean to adapt proactively?
According to Dominic Barton, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, “It’s dealing with situations that are not in the playbook. As a CEO you are constantly faced with situations where a playbook simply cannot exist.”
- How is this beneficial to you as a leader?
- How effective will you be when you're able to proactively adapt to the changes all around you?
- How will this empower you to meet and exceed the needs of your current and potential clients and your employees?
- How will this type of thinking change your business?
As a leader, it’s imperative to be constantly aware of the environment, the market conditions in a broad context, not just what is affecting your world today.
This is about consistently and repeatedly producing results and it's also about following through on your commitments.
While this topic appears to be the easiest concept to grasp, I do see people often let this one slide the most. It starts by sliding a commitment to meet someone on time, then a deadline is missed by just a few minutes or hours, then a meeting is canceled at the last minute and the list goes on.
Commitment is so important to me that I made it a value in my Pinkpreneurs group. I also make sure that my clients get the results they desire, or we keep working until they have achieved their goals.
Ask yourself if you're delivering reliably. Can your employees and clients expect consistent results from you? Do you show up when you say you'll be there? Do you consistently under promise and over deliver?
You Are a Leader!
People are watching what you do and what you say. Incorporate these behaviours into your life. You’ll be a more effective and inspiring leader in all areas of your life.
Did you find this information helpful? What is one thing that you'll change today to step into your role of leader?
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