Posted by: Madhavi CN | September 16, 2013

6 Simple Statutes that Ensure Your Leadership Success

Being a leader is both a matter of pride and pain. Not many are ready to be the focal point and be the visionaries that take the responsibility of decision-making, especially when the leader is assumed to seldom go wrong. And in the few occasions when something goes amiss, the leader’s failure is never forgotten or forgiven!

Bill Cosby has once said, “I am not the boss of my house. I don’t know how I lost it. I don’t know when I lost it. I don’t think I ever had it. But I’ve seen the boss’s job and I don’t want it.” We do not always have this luxury of saying ‘no’ when we are pushed into being the leader. There are times in life when each one of us gets to be the leader whether we like it or not. For example, being a parent is tantamount to a leadership position, albeit extremely prone to face migraine inducing mutinies.

Here are the 6 statutes to help ourselves in the leadership role – at office, club, home or any other setting.

  1. Envision the big picture, get to the root of the problem while solving it. Remember, temporary fixes lead to gangrene and you cannot deal with the messy thing then.
  2. Persuade and buoy up your followers to take the initiative and work on the tasks till completion. If things turn out great, say ‘you did it’; if they go all wrong, remember to say, ‘Sorry, I did it bad.’
  3. Learn while you lead. Being a leader may make you believe that you are the expert and have got all the answers. Shake off that feeling, listen to those you lead and continue with your learning curve. It also eases you.
  4. Dare to bring in changes. Even when there is a much better system in mind, it needs guts to pull apart the old system that your team is used to. Trust yourself and move away from the status-quo.
  5. Stop fretting over establishing the authority. More gets done as you get your hands dirty and lead by example. You can become one of those mentors who inspire leadership.
  6. Move from micro-management to delegation. Identify, nurture and harness the individual strengths. If you are apprehensive over their shoddy work, you will end up doing everything yourself. A perfect scenario for early burn out. Oh, boy!

The most respected and loved leaders are not those who push from behind or motivate by issuing ultimatums. They neither expect their teams to do what they are unwilling to do themselves nor do they feel threatened when those below them succeed. They are open minded to listen and understand those they influence.

Great leaders bring out the best in all, including themselves!

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Responses

  1. Nice article.

    Leaders align people to work willingly for a common goal or a purpose.

    In reality, many who pose themselves as leaders by position are the ones you mentioned as nots : ‘The most respected and loved leaders are not those who push from behind or motivate by issuing ultimatums. They neither expect their teams to do what they are unwilling to do themselves nor do they feel threatened when those below them succeed.’

    • Thx for visiting the blog Venkatesh. I do enjoy reading your thot provoking comments on Leadership and Mgmt in FB.


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