Leadership is an Action Verb

Many U.S. organizations have mastered the art of “management” but miss out on the core values of leadership. Managers focus on the tasks, the work of the team, and the items needed to get something done, and although this is important, it is rarely what an organization needs.​

Below are five tips for successful leadership:

Leaders Create a Vision in Collaboration with their team and Stakeholders

Leaders effectively communicate to create awareness of everyone’s role in achieving that vision. They bring all major partners together to overcome fears and trepidation which are natural in times of change. If everyone feels that they have a part in the success of the team, then they will feel productive. That is key.

Leaders focus more on the end results than how the work gets done

Ever heard the term, you don’t want to know how the sausage gets made? Well often, that’s true for leadership. If your team is focused on how to complete tasks, and that is your focus, who is focused on the strategic goals and objectives of the organization…no one! And that’s bad for business.

Leaders have difficult conversations and truly listen to the responses given

This can be the most difficult element on this list. Listening to feedback, receiving opportunities for growth and development can be very tough, but it must be done in order to perfect leadership styles. We all have places where we can improve. When we stop remembering that, at that time we fail our teams, our clients, and our members.

Leaders reward team members for their growth, both external and internal

What do your team members like? What motivates them? What are their goals for success? If you don’t know, these should be some of the first questions you ask them. A successful team needs to feel appreciated in order to continue producing at high levels. Reward them and see their joy and production soar.

Leaders mentor the next generation of leaders so the “bench” is stacked for the future. In order to lead, you must care about and work to preserve the future of the field or institution. This is not an accidental process, but a deliberate one. Searching for and reaching out to individuals who are capable of the next step, but perhaps have not yet considered it, is key to mentoring the future leaders.

Leadership does not have to be an individual activity nor does it have to be a zero sum game. Just like there is no “I” in team, there is no “I” in leader. Great leaders identify and build up other leaders to forge a future that moves any institution closer to their desired vision.

For more tips on leadership, or to build a leadership partnership, contact Nisha Media Leadership Solutions at nishamedialeadership@gmail.com.

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