I’ve read a lot about leadership and been career coach to many leaders and managers. In respect for your time, here, I’ve given myself the challenge of telling you the most valuable ideas I can within a five-minute read.
Adapt your job to your strengths. Some leaders are brilliant at hiring, planning, managing people, managing projects, and/or inspiring. While most leaders need to do a combination of those, leaders and managers usually have some power to adjust their job description, delegating their weak areas. What are your preferred activities, strengths, and weaknesses? Not sure? Should you solicit anonymous feedback from colleagues and supervisees? One way to get that is 15five.
Hire wisely. You may be forced to keep some employers you’d rather not. But where possible, replace employees who aren’t A or at least B players with stronger performers. You, your employees, and customers will appreciate it. And you have a high probability of finding at least B players---if you search wisely:
Inspire through a combination of vision, walking the talk, ongoing earned praise, and criticism with teeth.
Case-by-case, weigh the pros and cons of whether to make a decision on your own or get input. We live in an era in which unilaterally made decisions are often viewed as too hierarchical. But I’ve seen many workplaces ground into torpor or tepid decisions through too-frequent use group input, let alone decision-making by consensus. On a case-by-case basis, decide whether the speed and boldness of a unilateral decision outweigh the benefits of group input.
Even though this may have been the world’s shortest course in leadership, you probably won’t adopt all its ideas. So ask yourself, “Is there at least one idea you’d like to use starting today?
HERE is a brief video in which I present similar but not identical content.
HERE is the link to an hour-long program on leadership I recently did on my KALW-FM (NPR-San Freancisco) radio program.