Leadership challenges everyones ability

Your leadership must be in alignment with your vision.

Today’s leadership challenges

There are many overarching challenges you have to contend with today. Such as wars, terrorism, political inaction, global warming, crime and drugs tend to weigh heavily on us making it difficult to fulfil commitments to investors and other stakeholders without good leadership.

Religious scandal, violent crime, high divorce rates, substance addictions and youth gang activity are just symptoms of conditions you are facing. Conditions such as lack of awareness, stress, malaise, closed-mindedness, lack of creativity, inability to focus, lack of purpose, inefficiency, fear, anger,  depression, strained personal relationships, and poor health. These are just some of the issues you as leaders need to address. This is on top of normal business activity.

What has caused these conditions? Why are you struggling to lead yourselves effectively? In a few words, globalisation which is being driven by technology.  While not a bad thing its dimensions must be recognised and addressed. The reality is that technology has overwhelmed us along with increasing information overload.

Leadership has simply fallen behind the pace of everything else in the world that has been accelerated and complicated by technology. You are often unable to distinguish useful from useless data. Even if you can, you don’t have time to understand what to do with the useful information before it quickly becomes useless. It’s like trying to drink out of a fire hose.

You can make a difference

When you want to change conditions in a particular environment, you usually need new tools or you need to enhance the tools you already have. In the case of leadership, you’ll almost certainly need new or enhanced tools. However, the good news is that you already have leadership skills. You simply have to develop and refine them. By working together and applying creativity, innovation, new knowledge and technology you can lead an industry, or a business, to achieve extraordinary things. But you will need to show strong leadership.

The leadership puzzle

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that in each and every one of you, there is a potential leader. Perhaps the difference between you and an outstanding leader is the courage to take a step forward. To learn about the many aspects of good leadership and the leadership skills needed to achieve your aspirations. Do you ever lay awake at night thinking about the opportunity you should go for? But you won’t because you don’t think you would be good enough to take it on?

You might have good ideas and opportunities but if you don’t have the leadership drive the status quo will remain. Do you ever think about the promotion you should go for but can’t because you don’t think you would be fit for it? Think again, there are indications that you are a great leader, but you don’t know it yet.

Great leaders are not perfect

They are confident in the choices they make but they’re not afraid to ask for help if they need it. If you find yourself stuck in a rut and ask someone else for support, except it as a good thing. You are human and though you may know a lot, you don’t know everything. If you accept this and move on with an open mind, you can consider yourself leader material.

Good leadership has a clear vision

Good leadership means being able to grapple successfully with multiple issues.

 

Do you find yourself giving advice to your friends and others? It means that they value your opinion and you are the go-to person for help. Being approachable is an important quality for a leader to have because no one really wants to work for someone without an open door policy. If people trust your judgment and confide in you, take pride in it. You are well on the way to being a good leader.

Critical leadership issues in a new business or position

If you’re like most leaders, when you become involved with a new organisation or situation, you will find there will be many issues to bed down. This is especially so in a new industry. You will spend much of your time wondering how you will make sure the organisation is a success.

Looking at how you can make a difference in improving the outcomes. We have compiled this list of questions to help you to find the answers you are looking for.

Start with a short list that will have the biggest impact

  • What is the biggest problem facing the organisation and its people?
  • Are your values and those of the stakeholders congruent?
  • Is there adequate working capital in place?
  • Does the business have sufficient resources?
  • Can you see the problems, frustrations, wants and needs of all the stakeholders?
  • What do the stakeholders need to hear from you?
  • Do you need to increase the belief levels of the stakeholders?
  • Is the business model working well, what changes need to be made?
  • Are the business plan, business model, value chain and budget dynamic and up to date?
  • What is the future direction in which you should take the organisation?
  • Has any analysis been done on the business or the marketplace?
  • Are the website and social media sites up to speed?
  • What is your biggest fear, and how will you face it?

Other questions you might address

  • Have the important priorities been identified?
  • What new relationships do you need to create new opportunities?
  • What is the one problem you can turn into an opportunity?
  • How do you turn the existing strengths into opportunities?
  • What strategies can you put in place to address the weaknesses?
  • How can you invest in the opportunities available?
  • How can you block the threats that face the organisation?
  • What are the biggest risks that the business will face?
  • What do you need to do to stop leakages?
  • How will you address the sustainability issues right from the start?
  • What is so powerful that it will be considered by all major players?
  • How will you best approach the engagement of the community?
  • What steps can you take to ensure good communications?
  • How will you improve communications about health and well-being issues?
  • Is there a documented value chain and how good is it?
  • What will transform employee’s attitudes from self-service to customer service?
  • How will you integrate a range of relevant programs?
  • What skills do you need to bone up on to be a more effective leader?
  • Can you engage new partnerships and sponsors?
  • What does it take to create harmony, and to create a new level of cooperation?
  • What do you need to do to engage local partners and sponsors?
  • How can you make faster and better decisions?
  • How will you recognise when the business is starting to be successful?

This is an extensive list and will be more so when you add your own and those of the existing stakeholders. Just keep in mind Rome wasn’t built in a day and you cannot address every leadership problem in a day.

 

 

Leaders tell inspiring stories

As children, you’re told stories and love to listen to them. But as adults, the mystery of storytelling has been lost? However, as an adult, if you have a good story, you will grab people’s attention. Good leaders recognise the power of a story as a leadership and marketing tool. Stories that are accessible, easy to relate to, will readily ignite our passions, and most importantly they can inspire and rally people around an idea. A story is about influence, it’s a critical leadership skill.

The most personal stories about your experiences can have the greatest impact on connecting your audience with you and your ideas. One of the most powerful ways to find a personal story is through reflecting on your experiences over the years. These stories may not be interesting to you or your family and friends. not because they are not good stories, but because they have heard them many times over. Every person is different and therefore has a different story to tell.

How I used a story to achieve what I wanted

Years ago I wanted to buy a power boat which was a relatively expensive one. At that time of our lives, we had a young family, but I managed to pluck up the courage to approach my wife. I showed her a picture of what I wanted and how much it would cost. She took one look at the photo and without hesitation said no, “We’ve far more important things to take care of, it can wait”. There was no way she going to agree to buy a boat, any boat.

Not to be put off, I went away with my tail between my legs and re-evaluated my approach, I wanted to buy that boat. I eventually plucked up the courage to approach her and the subject again.

Here is the story I told

“Sue, I really want to buy a boat as I want the kids to have as much fun as I did when I was a kid.  I’ve been thinking about the great times I used to have on the dam water skiing and fishing while being together as a family. It hasn’t left my head for months. I can’t stop thinking about the smell of the gum leaves and the barbeques we used to have, and how much my father taught us about safety in the water and around boats.

“I have approached the boat dealer and he has agreed to fit the boat out with proper storage space for everything. We will be able to go camping up the river with plenty of food and supplies. The dealer will also be fitting a large fuel tank and an additional small motor so we never get stranded up the river”.

“Sue, the thing I like most about this particular boat it that it is a half-cabin. This means the kids won’t be in the sun all the time and they can be in the front of the boat sleeping with complete safety. Not only will we be able to sleep on this boat but we will be able to take our friends and their family away for weekends. I know it will create some of the best memories for us and the kids. Oh, by the way, there will be no alcohol allowed when we are on the boat”.

The next day I ordered the boat. And would you believe the next ten years were some of the best years we ever had as a family and sharing experiences with friends?

 

Good leaders are trusted

Few things are more important or more powerful than a team of talented people who trust each other and are trusted by others. Trust is infectious, be a leader people can always rely on and trust. Trust people who trust others. A person who can’t trust others can’t lead.

Surround yourself with people you can trust. It doesn’t matter what you want to achieve if you surround yourself with untrustworthy people, progress will be poor. Failure is inevitable with leaders who trust the wrong people.

Quotable quotes

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. John Quincy Adams

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination”. Jimmy Dean

 

 

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