Leaders Follow A Process
I love watching college football for several reasons; first, it is exciting to see great teams play a challenging game of grit at a high level of excellence (I love watching Tom Brady, the GOAT, read and pick apart a defense). But I also like the game within the game. The head coaches are on the sideline interacting with other coaches and players. The great coaches, like Nick Saban or Bill Belichick, understand the process of leadership. They lead best as they lead through the members of the organization. I am fascinated to watch Nick Saban bring in, every year, new coaches that were previously head coaches within the NFL or at other high-profile positions. He is not insecure in leading them and letting them lead.
So what’s the point?
Leaders follow a process. They submit to it.
Four Aspects of the PROCESS that a Leader Must Follow:
- The leader must follow the core values of the organization. Also, the leader must assess whether the core values of the organization and his values coincide. If the two sets of core values do not mesh, there will be problems in the future within the leader and within the organization. There will be a constant tension under the surface.
- The leader must follow a clear vision for the organization’s future and have consistency in how the vision is communicated.
- The leader must be able to submit to other leaders and managers in the organization that have strengths that will move the vision forward while staying true to the organization’s core values.
- The leader must follow their instincts in caring for those they lead. The organization is made up of PEOPLE who have bought into the future vision. They need to know that the leader cares and is concerned for them.
People follow leaders and successful leaders follow a process.
Think About It?
Do you have a clear set of personal and organizational core values? DO those values coincide with each other?
Do you have a clear vision for the organization you lead? Is there a unified message at all levels of your organization for communicating the vision?
Do you submit to others within the organization that compliments your weaknesses? Can you release others in the organization to “Do Their Job” (Bill Belichick) without micromanaging them?
Do you genuinely care for those you lead and regularly let them know you care and believe in them?
Are You Looking to Reach Your Goals?
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