By JoAnn Corley
This is not the time to be a reluctant, faint-hearted leader. I say this as I talk with my family – there are 4 business owners among us.
Able, willing leadership shouldn’t subside during a crisis…in fact it’s during those times that it’s needed more than ever.
Additionally, it’s during times of crisis, extreme change or a major disruption when personal leadership strengths and weaknesses are exposed and amplified….and unfortunately… those personal conditions spill over onto those you lead and the areas of responsibility within the business or organization.
So, where are you? I know when I use the word leader – particular executive leader – it applies to a variety of contexts – size of company, department or team, public/private sector, owner or not. No matter where you fall, now’s a good time to take stock and while doing so, see it as an opportunity to exercise your leadership muscles – to become better and stronger. It’s probably safe to say – people are counting on you. They need you to “be the leader” – in fact, be an effective leader.
The really good news is no matter your level or scope of responsibility, being an effective leader is consistent in its core principles and practices no matter the situation. That means for many companies, leaders who need to lead virtually as well as leading in person, times of surety and times of uncertainty – they all still require the same core leadership elements.
So, what kind of leadership is needed now? Leadership that is always needed…leadership that’s effective – leadership that matters….by leaders that truly want to be leaders.
Powerful leadership is leaning into the storm not trying to shelter from it.
And this is the key point. I’m not just talking about generic commonly seen leadership qualities but the essential leadership capability of being effective. According to Peter Drucker’s years of observation, there are 2 core areas of being an effective leader. The first is what’s consistently practiced – which can be done in any context and what he terms disciplines and the second is mindset. Here they are:
THE WHAT | The 8 Practices of Effective Leadership
- They ask: What needs to be done
- They ask: What is right for the enterprise?
- Based on those answers they develop action plans
- They take responsibility for decisions
- They take responsibility for communicating
- They focus on opportunities rather than problems
- They run productive meetings
- They think and say “we” rather than “I”
THE HOW | Effective Execution – The Effective Leadership Mindset
(Drucker calls them “habits of the mind”)
- Know where their time is going. Know where their time goes – they work systematically to manage what time they can control. They are keenly aware time is a limiting factor. The one thing that is a fixed measurement
- Focus on outward contribution – be results orientated – gear efforts to results rather than busy work – what results are expected of me.
- Build on strengths – their own and others and of situations -how can achieve what’s best now with the resources we currently have.
- Concentrate of a few major …read more
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