Although coaches provide an environment free of judgment, we all have our own biases. I believe you have a right to know what my leadership biases are, before you engage me. They are…
Leadership versus Management
a. If you or your organization are going somewhere you need good leadership.
b. If a portion of the enterprise is relatively static and unchanging, it can be governed by good management.
Your natural (or default) leadership style or approach is rarely sufficient for the varied circumstances and context of the modern workplace. Just like riding a multi-geared bike, knowing how and when to shift is crucial to consistent success.
Key Leadership Accountabilities
Leaders are accountable for being able to communicate a vision, having a bias to action and for achieving the results they commit to.
The Role of Culture
Like the water fish swim in, organizational culture can seem invisible and at the same time shape or limit, all that is possible. A key role for a leader is understanding the culture and her or his role in shaping it.
Everyone from the mail room to the CEO works best by maximizing their own ‘winning conditions’. What are yours? What are your direct reports’?
Influencing ability, persuasiveness, and presence are the currency of executive leadership.
Balance and Diversity
Leaders achieve a sense of balance in perspective and life. They maintain a healthy diversity in the opinions and perspectives of their team members. Leaders listen extremely well and retain a healthy curiosity in considering options, so that they can commit decisively to outcomes.
Contribution to Work Environment
Given the amount of time we all spend at work, leaders humanize the work environment with compassion, spontaneity, and fun.
The leaders’ greatest obligation of all is to themselves. It consists of the research, reflection, and experimentation necessary for learning and growth.
Leaders are Human Too!
And, like all of us, leaders at all levels are flawed, imperfect beings whose greatest contribution is sometimes being utterly and transparently human!
So, what are your biases about leadership?