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The emotionally intelligent leader. The transparent leader. The 21 laws of leadership. The leadership secrets of...(fill in the blank). If you are anything like me, the never-ending books, articles, biographies, and latest "best practices" of leadership are both overwhelming in their volume and confusing in their analysis.
Without question, we live in a confusing and complicated world. Differentiation in today's market is extremely tough. Customers are at best very fickle. Financial markets are volatile. Supply chains and vendors relations are ever more challenging. Indeed the business world in which we compete is complex. Yet the models, the systems, the processes we use to address this complexity need not be.
So allow me to cut through the unnecessary esoteric complexity of today's often convoluted approaches to leadership and share a profoundly simple yet powerful system for effective leadership. There are six essential skills of simple leadership.
Skill #1: Listen. Excellent leaders are great listeners. When asked by an interviewer what will be the most important leadership skill of the 21st century, Peter Drucker, the father of modern management thinking, replied, "Listening." Excellent leaders listen intently to every possible source of information, insight, and wisdom, be it from customers, stakeholders, or perhaps most important, their own employees.
Skill #2: Envision. Excellent leaders create a clear and Programmer compelling picture of what their organization must become in the future. They envision the next step and strive to build the kind of culture that propels them toward achieving their vision. It is not about a grandiose vision of a 20-year future; it is simply describing in great detail the next step - be it big or small - to move them into the future.
Skill #3: Adapt. Excellent leaders are both willing and able to lead change. They adjust
their thinking and their businesses to new marketplace realities. As President John F. Kennedy once said, "Change is the law of life; those who look only to the past or present are sure to miss the future."
Skill #4: Develop. Excellent leaders are dedicated to developing and growing their skills and the skills of their employees. They understand that organizational improvement is impossible with unimproved people. These progressive leaders know that only through a fully competent and committed workforce will their companies thrive into the future. Additionally they invest in the systems and resources necessary to support the new changes that are needed to reach their vision.
Skill #5: Execute. Excellent leaders truly empower their employees. Great leaders are more concerned with results than control, with outcomes more than credit. They systematically emancipate the action of their people to achieve great results, measure those results, and coach their teams during the process.
Skill #6: Reward. Excellent leaders reward and recognize two key areas. First, they recognize outstanding efforts - whether the efforts were successful or not. They also recognize success. They value their people and do not take them for granted. Employees are considered an asset to grow-not a cost to control.
Now take a close look at the system, the progression of key skills that are necessary to be
a great leader.
Listen - Envision - Adapt - Develop - Execute - Reward.
I know, you are already ahead of 's obvious the system contains the acronym for the word "leader." Yet as you take a closer, reflective look (and I hope you do), you'll discover that each skill logically follows its predecessor (you can not effectively envision without great listening, you can not effectively adapt without clearly knowing the next step, etc.) Simple leadership is in. Simple leadership is powerful. Simple leadership is within your reach.
Go for it! I'd love to help you get there.