Category : Jackie Overstreet
Every leader begins to command strength and following when they transition from being a doer with expertise to a leader with a vision. Leadership takes you further and further away from daily tasks and anchors you into crafting the heart and direction of the organization. There are a number of things that every true leader does:
- Define What Success Looks Like. Every leader has to define the goal which they are pursuing. They have to craft and clarify what success looks like on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. This is very critical as it enables those under him or her to gauge their effectiveness in relation to the destination. The description of the success has to be attainable, motivating, time bound, specific and measurable for the followers.
- Establish Clear Expectations. A true leader lays down the plan on how the vision will be accomplished. They will collect and allocates resources, designate responsibilities, and provide remuneration. He or she constantly reminds the juniors their specific roles in the larger vision and helps them to acquire the skills needed to perform their specific roles. People generally crave a clear knowledge of where they fit in the larger paradigm.
They Utilize Other People’s Strength. When it comes to fulfilling a vision there are lots of skills, talents, expertise, experiences, and perspectives needed. True leaders understand that they cannot possess all these qualities in themselves. That’s why they hire, motivate and remunerate those who possess the skills that they need. They do not let their ego or insecurity get in the way of achieving the greater vision.
- They Provide Metrics and Reporting Tools. True leaders understand the importance of communication in an organization. Therefore, they avail all the tools needed to facilitate proper, clear, timely and constant feedback and feedforward. They are always available and provide standardized reporting tools which are available to all the staffers in the organization. This fuels greater coordination and minimizes cliques and silo thinking.
- Eliminates Confusion By Clearing Obstacles. Part of what makes true leaders effective is their ability to spot potential crisis or problems long before they happen. This enables them to forestall the imminent crisis or allocate resources to deal with the problem. They are also able to spot gaps in the production pipelines and eliminate those gaps before they impact the efficiency of the team.
At the end of the day, what separates the great leaders from the merely good ones is in their ability to manage teams, resources, provide a vision and measurable goals.