A friend recently forwarded me a link to an article entitled “8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses,” which I’d like to share with you. Leading any organization should be viewed as an honor and not a right. You’ve earned the trust of your own leadership team and now it’s your turn to build your team within the team.
Let’s discuss a few of the points in the article:
- A company is a community, not a machine. When building a synergy on any team, you have to start by building trust and confidence up and down the chain of command. Start by developing a vision that is easy to communicate and easy to comprehend. Once your team understands the collective vision and goals of the organization, individual goals become closely tied to the collective goal. Brainstorm with your team and listen intently to suggestions and incorporate best practices.
- Management is service, not control. Once a vision is established, a great leader constantly queries his/her managers to see if they have the tools necessary to excel. Once the tools are determined and obtained, empower your managers to make decisions on their own, but always make it clear that you are available to assist at any time..
- My employees are my peers, not my children. This point ties into the previous point about providing service. Nobody in any organization likes to be “talked down to” or constantly second-guessed. Treat your team members as you would expect to be treated. Remember, you want to encourage the sharing of ideas.
- Change equals growth, not pain. This could not be more true. In fact, I like to refer to it as “transition” rather than “change.” Semantics yes, but with transition, you are looking for improved processes. I once heard a great leader say, “Change is something you get out of a Coke machine. We’re transitioning to a new and better way to work.”
A great leader recognizes the value in individual team members and ensures that their talents are being utilized in the most effective manner. Provide constructive feedback and seek it yourself. Remember, we are pursuing excellence each and every day.