The topic of leadership has been on my mind a lot lately. Specifically as it relates to the workplace. The summer staff is about to move into camp for summer 2014. The year round staff is doing an amazing job getting everything ready. And I am realizing just how much I need to stay out of the way. As a leader, how often do you think about the fact you could be in the way of your team?
It’s a strange idea to think about in leadership.
The imagery of leadership being the person “out front” of the team leading the charge is appropriate. As a leader, we should be “out front”. But, this means you need to keep moving forward. If you stop moving forward or start moving sideways into areas that don’t matter; your team will have to also stop, run you over or follow you off track. And, getting the team AND yourself back on track is a lot harder than just yourself.
What should a leader do?
Ask yourself (and your team) am I in the way? If the answer is ever yes (or if your team hesitates) GET MOVING!!!
Here are a couple ideas to keep you moving forward in your leadership:
- Review your vision and mission for the organization everyday. Seriously, everyday. You need to keep on track. Leadership’s key function is keeping the vision and mission front and center.
- Plan a new way to cast the vision to your team every 14 days. This will keep you thinking about the vision and keep it in front of your team as well.
- Read. Read books, trade journals, blogs (especially this one), READ!!! Find relevant stuff to read about your industry, about leadership, about your strengths. Not just stuff you agree with, but stuff that also makes you defend your believes…how knows…you might find yourself with a new opinion on an old problem.
- Listen. Listen to your team (in fact, you should be asking each of your direct reports every single week how they are doing, what they are doing and what would help them do it better and/or faster. Then, if you are any good at leadership, you’ll followup and actually provide them the help when possible) Listen to podcast about your industry or leadership. Listen to the news if your industry is trending there. Listen to outside advisors. Listen to your customers, owners, beneficiaries, board, etc. Listen to your gut. Listen for God to guide you.
- Mastermind. Being in a mastermind group has had the single greatest impact on me over anything I’ve done yet.
What do you know?