Great leaders don’t reach the height of success without facing major challenges and crises. From my experience, I have seen that most leaders are better because of their experiences of weathering storms throughout their careers. A great leader will rise to the top in difficult times when tough decisions need to be made and decisive action must be taken. These are five of the most important areas that a Leader needs to focus on in order to lead effectively during turbulent times.
- Leadership is equally about creating a climate where the truth is heard, and the brutal facts are confronted. It does not mean coming up with the answers and then motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers and then to ask the questions that will lead to the best possible insights.
- Do people feel comfortable sharing ideas?
- Is there transparency?
- Do people understand what our goals are?
- Do people feel like they are part of something?
- A fundamental and important truth to take to heart: there are no bad teams, only bad leaders
- How do you get the rest of the team to see and buy into the vision?
- This reminds me of a quote from John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
- The value that a leader brings to an organization in a crisis is that they are able to take a vision and turn it into an executable plan.
- The biggest competitive advantage for your organization is long-term thinking with a broad view of how different systems in the world are going to come together. One of the notable aspects of compound growth is that the furthest out years are the most important. In a world where almost no one takes a truly long-term view, the market richly rewards those who do.
- In order for a leader to execute, they need to ensure that they are holding their teams accountable, upholding standards, and actively coaching their team.
- The dichotomy that needs to be balanced here revolves around being aggressive with action, but patient with results.
- Be the Leader that provides resources for the organization (Financial Capital, Human Resources, etc.)
- A good leader does not get bogged down in the minutia of a tactical problem at the expense of strategic success. If you are down in the weeds planning the details with your team, you will have the same perspective as them, which adds little value. But if you let them plan the details, it allows them to own their piece of the plan. And it allows you to stand back and see everything from a different perspective, which adds tremendous value. You can then see the plan from a greater distance, a higher altitude, and you will see more. As a result, you will catch mistakes and discover aspects of the plan that need to be tightened up, which enables you to look like a tactical genius, just because you have a broader view.
5) Details & Data
- Leaders need to learn how to separate their data, their logic, from their opinion.
- The more precisely you define the problem, the more easily you can find a solution. I feel bad” can have a million causes. I didn’t sleep much last night and I haven’t exercised in a week” has a very straightforward answer.
- People who excel tend to obsess over the details. People who struggle also tend to obsess over the details. The difference is what details they focus on. Minutiae vs polish. Most things don’t matter—but when it does, you want your team to get the details right.
- Always remember that the best Leaders appear to be doing the least while moving the business forward – the better the Leader, the more subtle the adjustments, and the smoother the progress.