7 Keys for Mastering Leadership

Quote; “Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” – Unknown

To borrow on a proven concept from the blogisphere; Leadership is about Educating, Engaging & Entertaining (Inspiring) with a consistently positive outlook and extreme resilience.

Sound like a daunting task? Unless you’re willing to step-up-to-the-plate, you don’t deserve to have people’s lives entrusted to you! When you’re a leader, the What, When, Where, Why & How you lead impacts people in & outside of their workday, so you’d better be on-the-ball.

I often reflect that, similar to the medical industry, leadership should also have “malpractice” provisions. As a leader, you have been entrusted with precious resources, both human & non.

4 Key Skills

Inspired by Art Petty’s March 1st post;

  1. Learn to See Yourself as Others See You
  2. Cultivate Your Social Intelligence and Skills
  3. Become a Network Connector
  4. Learn to Lead both Vertically and Horizontally

3 Keys to Success

Inspired by Art Petty’s February 28th post;

  1. Find / identify problems
  2. Involve others & start fixing the problems w/ energy & enthusiasm that opens eyes
  3. Create heroes

Results

My friends over at Results, are all about just that.. getting results! And I have them to thank for their “New Leadership” post, which in turn inspired this article. It also introduced me to Art Petty’s work. I agree with their Agility, Focus & Project (Program) Management perspective. Without these, and add Engagement, every successful strategy becomes no more than wasted ink on a piece of paper(an illusion).

MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business & the World

Straight from Dan Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams’ new & powerful book; “Human hierarchies are power structures, defining rank, importance, status, and accountabilities, and as such have worked well as a means of organizing the way most organizations have operated over the centuries. But an increasingly complex and interdependent global economic environment is now exposing hierarchical institutions as being deeply limited and perhaps even a liability as we enter an era in which the upper bounds of human ingenuity will be tested.

From a CEO’s perspective, an increasingly self-organized and networked world makes the old models of top-down corporate management and industrial planning increasingly feeble.”

A final thought..

“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, educate people.” (Chinese Proverb) How are you educating your people? How are you becoming a Master Facilitator for their success (and yours by default)? People already know how to be great, an effective leader just has to be able to bring out the very best in them.

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