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7 Ways To Develop The “Art Of Leadership”

Leadership is an form of art and it’s an art form that almost anyone can learn to some degree.  Just because someone learns an art doesn’t mean they will necessarily be good or effective.  Think about all of the painters, musicians, communicators, or artists of any sort; although they have learned an art very few get through the threshold of simply being an artist, to being an effective, sought after or compelling artist.

Effective artists of any genre are able do something a little different with their artistry.  That same statement is true for  The Art Of Leadership... there are many leaders who never realize The Art Art Leadership.

I’m not trying to be the alliteration guy; however I’ve identified 7 thoughts that can help develop The Art Of Leadership. Each of these concepts just happen to begin with the letter “R.”

7 Ways To Develop The Art Of Leadership:

  • 1. Recognize- Recognize that leadership is a gift, an art, a craft… that has to be continually developed.  Seek out and be willing to learn from effective leaders who have developed this craft we call leadership.
  • 2. Realize- Realize the fact that although leadership is a craft, it is not rocket science.  STOP MAKING IT SO DIFFICULT.  I repeat, unless you are a leader at NASA, your leadership role is not rocket science; chill-out and quit making things so hard on yourself and others.  BTW- If you are a leader at NASA or a rocket scientist, you should probably be asking the tough question: “Is what we do still necessary or relevant?”
  • 3. Remember- Remember The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you!”  Most leaders’ barley remember the bronze rule, let alone The Golden Rule.  As a leader it’s important to care about your people, to love your people, to care about their interests and care about their success.  It’s simple, treat those that you lead how you would want and expect someone to treat you.  Remember in order to become an effective leader you have to understand that “Relationships Matter!”
  • 4. Replicate- Replicate what works and don’t force things that don’t work.  Don’t try to be a replicate of another leader or simply replicate what you have read in a book, but rather replicate the effective “What Works” concept into who you are and what you do!
  • 5. Resurrect- Resurrect a dying team member; an effective leader has the ability to take a dying team member on the verge of being fired and help resurrect them into a story that begins with this sentence… “There was a time when so and so team member was on the verge of being fired and so and so leader believed in them… Wow, Look at how successful they are now!”
  • 6. Reproduce- The Art Of Leadership is about contributing to the world of leadership by truly caring about those that they lead and always reproducing leaders.  They never confuse Management with Leadership.  Managers manage people and things — Leaders reproduce more leaders.  Simply put: ”If You Are Not Reproducing Leaders” your leadership artistry has not evolved to the threshold of effectiveness.
  • 7. Reinvent- Reinvent the way leadership is carried out!  Break the box, find a new way, figure out what works for you, don’t be scared to be different, reinvent what might has been seen as irrefutable.  Reinvent out of hunger, creativity, thinking, believing, seeking etc.; don’t reinvent for the sake of reinventing!  “Don’t reinvent the wheel” applies to those who reinvent for the sake of reinventing!

 

What do you think?  Share your thoughts on any of these thoughts or how you have seen them carried out.

Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It

Have you ever found yourself in a group, on a team, in an organization or in a situation where you knew that: “Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It?”  We have all been in those situations and sometimes there’s even a little internal chuckling that goes along with the thought.  The internal chuckling is generally a less serious matter; however there are other situations where “Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It” and those internal thoughts are leading to bitterness and frustration.

I get the opportunity to do consulting for individuals and organizations in many different arenas. My primary focus is organizational growth, both internally and externally.  What I have seen and experienced personally is this: “When Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It.” There is definitely a culture that’s impeding organizational and individual growth.

Some of the most thriving organizations in the world have cultures where everyone is thinking and saying the same thing.  The creating of this culture always begins and ends with the CEO, Senior Leader and or Executive Leadership Team.

If you find yourself in a culture where “Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It.”  It’s time to speak up, lead up and be a catalyst for fostering a culture of mutual thinking and speaking… a culture of success.  If you are a senior executive, work hard to ask the right questions, to create an environment of openness and to create culture where your team and your organizations are thinking and saying the same thing.

There is a high probability that no one will leave a comment below. You wanna know why? “Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It.”  🙂

What has been your experience with a culture where “Everyone Is Thinking It, but No One Is Saying It?”  Share your thoughts!

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