When you are in a leadership position, sooner or later, important questions start to rise, such as:
- How will you create impact with your leadership skills?
- How do you stay true to yourself when leading others?
How to create impact that will enable future growth
Creating impact has everything to do with contribution – to clients, first and foremost.
Answer their desires and be open to the problem-behind-their-problems. Anticipating the need-behind-the-desire will put you way ahead of your competitors. It is all about the connection you make and your willingness to commit to that purpose.
Understanding the deeper needs of your clients will provide a clear mission for your leadership. It will give you a developing framework with building blocks.
Following that is finding a way how to deliver that promise. It is the best conversation you can have with your people.
Search actively for the seeds within your teams that have the potential to be fruitful and connect the dots between ‘what’ and ‘how’. By doing so, you will create a strategy that will fulfil your mission. Approach it as a simple structure that will inspire people every day to make a difference.
Now what you need is a bigger picture – the vision you hold for your company and leadership. Simplicity counts.
Create clarity by combining what you really mean and do for your clients and how you fulfil that promise. Now you can project the two onto the future. Look ahead.
Do not focus on future circumstances, because no one knows what the future holds. Instead, project the current deeper needs onto future possibilities. Mould them into a visual framework that gives people a dream that is bigger than one they can dream for themselves.
Being a leader has nothing to do with being a boss. On the contrary, it is proven that if leadership limits the spirit of others, those people will turn their back and cause damage.
Restrictive leadership will cost resources, decline results, and break down the foundation of the organization. These things are much more difficult to rebuild than maintain.
There is just no sense in trying to create the perfect circumstances. Accepting everything that really is will open the door to new discoveries, adventures and perspectives. Knowing you might not be able to control everything means you can always make the best of it.
Allow people to be of value by setting them free.
TIP: A question that you can always keep in the back of your mind is ‘What is the next best thing to do?’
Every organization has its strengths and weaknesses. With victories, limitations and sometimes even traumas, organizations are just like people. All the past experiences programme a belief system.
The only way to break free from limiting beliefs is to discover the true purpose of the company and help people to connect to impact. That is your core value as a leader: to look beyond and identify potential.
Show people the bigger picture they might not see because of daily operations. By helping and guiding others to make a change for themselves and the company.
Is it hard to be a leader? The role is not fit for everybody, yet it is not hard at all. If things become complicated it is because you make things complicated. In essence, all you need are good listening skills. Being present and alert to new insights that will trigger the next best thing to do.
After that, your role is to constantly onboard others to the vision, letting go of things that belong to the past and embracing the potential the future holds.
TIP: Make a list of things that belong to the ‘past’ and ‘future’. It will help you to maintain a clear focus in your leadership.
Focus areas for effective leadership
- Shift your focus to positive building blocks
- Acknowledge emotions, engage with solutions
- Show people HOW they can make a difference
Important best practices to deliver long-term results
There are so many approaches that will help you create performance and results.
One of them is to work back from the destination you want to be in. Having a clear focus will enable you to achieve results that contribute to your goals, but there is a big risk that comes with it. Achieving great goals starts by accepting the status quo with radical honesty. Being present in this very moment.
Try not to make it all about control – you will only take away the opportunity by preventing things from happening. The unexpected is a great doorway to necessary change and will lead to new perspectives. Sometimes letting go is the only way to truly gain control. Use that momentum for the better! Besides, being overly controlling increases the risk of burnout.
Negativity talks always faster than positivity. Fueled by the current state of mind, people have a tendency to dwell on the negative. It is a great excuse for a big disaster.
If bad things happen, there is always a reason for it. Make sure it becomes a reason to do what is right – not by sticking your head in the sand, but by clarifying the perspectives and taking actions that will trigger forward movement.
During meetings, be aware of the emotions and the arguments. Acknowledge the emotions and then work with the arguments. Train yourself to take the arguments on board – even if you don’t like them. Use the essence to contribute to your development framework.
‘If you make it about others, others will do it for you.’
Something else that will enhance results is when you help show people how to contribute to goals and results.
Often, leaders just provide their teams with overwhelming ambitions, leaving people wondering how they contribute meaningfully to it. When there is a poor connection between the vision, strategy, and operations, frustrations are waiting just around the corner.
What you can do is help managers and teams find ways to add to the bigger picture. Making this connection will boost all levels and trigger new perspectives that will assure future growth. It’s a great conversation that will come with deeper, valuable understandings.
Benefits of progressive leadership:
- People are more likely to be loyal to the company. This saves money on flex hires and prevents knowledge from pouring out of the organization
- Lower burnout rates and more operational stability. If the leadership is creating a platform for others; others feel facilitated to give their best and be of value
- Better use of resources. Onboarding the company to its journey will enable you to do the right things the right way. Investments will be more likely to deliver future performance and success
Your leadership will come with responsibilities and maybe even greater expectations, but you are not responsible for everything at any time. Do not put on that coat. It will break your mind into a survival state. You don’t just want to survive, you want to thrive. There is always a great opportunity for you to do so.
First and foremost, it is not about you. Focus on the message and the potential your message holds for others. Create a shared purpose that people want to be a part of.
If you can be honest with yourself, new destinations are waiting around the corner. There is another trigger that will help you to tremendously grow your company.
Because you are honest, you can expect honesty. It will enable you to navigate beyond virtual reality and connect to what it is really about, engaging with solutions that will bring new perspectives.
The message behind great leadership
Your leadership has the potential to be a lifetime achievement.
Together with your people, you can build something that works well for a long time.
Far too often, people make leadership about being perfect and predictable. There is so much more to it.
Dare to show people who you are and what is important to you, try to make them understand why you do what you do and how they can add value to the expectations your superiors have of you.
Encourage them to break free of their own limitations, celebrate together and support each other.
Business results will simply be a side effect of partnerships you build this way.
You will be able to create a level of trust that will make people feel safe enough to be honest – and honesty will come with progression.
Every leader has just a few simple ingredients… Imagine all the different, delicious dishes you can make with just those simple ingredients.