Never has good leadership been more needed in our world.
Success and failure are both the direct result of leadership.
Not a day goes by where we don’t see in our lives, and in the larger world around us, the dramatic impact of leadership, or lack thereof. Leadership matters and, like it or not, your organization is a direct reflection of its senior members as they do their jobs.
Much of what we observe today is leaders craving or even demanding praise and recognition when things go well, then deflecting or blaming others when things go wrong. Real leadership means accepting the mantle of authority and responsibility with a focused and confident soberness; then driving, uplifting, taking responsibility, praising, laughing, confronting, visioning and deciding. Leaders rise to the occasion and own it…the good, the bad and the ugly!
The fundamentals of leadership can be taught and mastered.
Leadership is both art and science and both can definitely be taught and mastered. Yes, all of us have given strengths and predispositions and performing as a leader comes easier to some. But the fundamental principles of leading people are the same yesterday, today and forever.
All of us can improve our current skill sets, and / or be taught these fundamentals anew. Leaders describe and live an inspiring vision, a compelling view of the future that gives people meaning, purpose and motivation. With this common purpose in mind, leaders then galvanize others to get-it-done using a variety of interpersonal skills, rules, tools and techniques.
It's all about the people...
We believe work is vitally important to the human experience. Work is our calling, work is our pursuit, and work is divine in nature. Work is where we invest our time, our talents, where we grow, and what we use to identify ourselves. Leaders need to recognize the dignity of labor and treat people with the utmost respect.
One of the tasks of leadership is to create an environment where people can thrive and grow and be at their very best. This is the best and shortest route to organizational excellence.
When placed in the right environment and with a common purpose and goal, we humans are capable of incredible, mind-boggling achievements. Good leaders know this and foster an organizational culture that supports, strengthens, and continuously develops the people.