In the recently completed World Series you witnessed two teams who were “in to the game”. Up on the top step of the dugout, cheering and watching every pitch, giving extra effort running the bases or in the field. As leaders we all strive to get our teams to that level of engagement and intrinsic motivation, but for some it remains ever elusive.
One of the questions I hear is a variation of the question, “What is the most important trait for a good leader to possess?” My response is usually along the lines that good leadership can’t be distilled down to a single, solitary skill. This is especially true when you take into account factors such as the situation, the team, and the type of work. What is true is that for any team to reach its maximum potential there has to be a solid, unbreakable foundation of trust between the leader and those they lead. Unfortunately, many leaders skip or ignore this important component.
While many people use the weeks after the New Year to improve their physical fitness or drop a few pounds I'd like to offer up an added area for improvement. I'm not suggesting you don’t improve your fitness but how about improving in a skill that can have a profound impact on your personal and professional life? How about becoming a more engaged and active listener?
While being an engaging communicator can help you navigate social gatherings, it is also an essential and valuable skill for a leader to have. Leaders must deliver a message clearly and succinctly to their team to create shared understanding.
To ensure that the message stands out from the crowd, leaders will need to employ engaging communication techniques so that the message is understood and remembered.
An organization’s climate is the way its members feel about their organization.
Climate comes from people’s perceptions and attitudes, what they believe about their team and how they operate day in and day out. The climate of an organization depends on the makeup of the team and can change rapidly as members leave and new ones join.
At the end of October the streets of America are flooded with superheroes and villains, cartoon characters and famous movie stars. I am writing of course about Halloween, a time when children (and adults) become someone or something different for the night.
While pretending to be someone or something that you are not on Halloween is tremendous fun, hiding your authentic self as a leader is a sure fire path to creating a dysfunctional organization.