The leader is the high bar of the group; very few times is the team going to be more accountable than you.
How are you measuring yourself against the accountability bar?
If you expect good people to follow you willingly–willingly, not just because you have a title–you have to be worthy of being followed. Accountability is a key part of how people determine a leader’s worthiness.
Excellent leaders accurately assess what’s needed, what’s possible, and what it’s going to take – lather, rinse, repeat.
Unrelenting resourcefulness: The key ingredient in every leader’s recipe for success
Leaders are tasked with solving problems every day. Many are easy to solve. But then there are those that present a big challenge. Or even problems that have never surfaced before. When this happens, leaders can find themselves outside their comfort zone, unsure of how to find a solution. The best leaders are able to use resourcefulness to solve any problem. But for many, being resourceful doesn’t come naturally, and is a skill that needs to be developed and nurtured through practice.
Excellent leaders don’t set out to be leaders…They set out to make a difference.
It’s never about the role – always about the goal.
Do you “own” ownership?
When I ask this question at the start of a training workshop or for the first time in a coaching session, the answer is always, “Yes. Of course I do” [insert the eye roll or their inner voice that says, “you dummy”]! But as we begin to break down what ownership really means and examine what makes a great leader, I love to watch that aha moment surface, as it always does, when participants realize that their definition is quite different.
Strong leadership begins with self-awareness, including your motivations, desires, and character. Across the board, strong leaders benefit from taking the time to take stock of their own role in their teams’ successes and failures.
Ask yourself: “Am I leading effectively?”
It’s human nature to take the path of either fight or flight when faced with perilous situations. On the most basic level, when attacked by let’s say a mountain lion, our basic instincts will tell us to choose between fight or flight. The same can be said for smaller scale confrontations, i.e. in the workplace. In a communication exchange, it’s common for one party to react defensively when confronted, spouting off responses (fight) before thinking it through. Another common exchange results in individuals shutting down completely (flight), avoiding the chance to communicate their thoughts or feelings. Fight or flight. But there is a third, more effective approach – learning to respond with patience, coherency, and empathy.
My business is leadership development; my goal is to help people reach their full potential. I am constantly looking for exceptional leaders and leaders committed to the growth of others. Yesterday, I watched a Middle School basketball coach demonstrate what it takes to be an extraordinary coach. How she coaches – each and every day – is a tribute to her commitment to excellence; the lessons she teaches will serve her players on and off the court for years to come. Yesterday was an example of an effective leader in action.
We’ve all been on job interviews and for the most part, here’s how it goes:
- You search for jobs that appeal to you or fit your qualifications.
- You prep for the interview, memorize the key buzzwords and phrases to artfully weave into your rhetoric while trying desperately to predict what questions will be thrown your way.
- After the interview, you agonize over your responses to the interview questions and wonder if the company believes you are the right fit.
Teenagers. Early Saturday morning. All day training. I wondered how this was going to go. When I was a teenager, ‘early’ and ‘Saturday’ did not go in the same sentence. But this group of 4H junior leaders got it done! They were able to absorb, synthesize, and present their own views of leadership over the course of a single Saturday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made history with their win over the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals. The dust has begun to settle as the celebrations come to a close. The analysts have spent hundreds of hours debating the game. They argue over these questions: is Lebron James the best player ever? Did the Warriors simply give up? Most importantly, who should get the credit for the championship victory?
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