Creativity is a key ingredient to a successful, thriving and growing organization. Unfortunately some Micromanagers, Control Freaks and Insecure Leaders Kill Their Organizations and the creative spirit without even realizing it.
Micromanagers take the dynamics of creativity off the table. Their negative and counterproductive process goes a little something like this: Team member tries something new, micromanager watches over their shoulder, questions them and doesn’t give the team members ideas any credibility. Team member gets frustrated and stops thinking outside the box, trying new things and stops leading in general – thus killing creativity.
“The most common mistake I see leaders make is to attempt to lead through control. As counterintuitive as it might seem, in order to gain influence you must surrender control.” ~Mike Myatt
It’s really a sad case when a leader wants a thriving, vibrant, creative organization and they don’t have the self-awareness to know that their insecure control freak nature is the bottleneck. The best position a leader can find themselves in is, “out in front and out of the way.” The only way a leader can remain out in front is to continuously get out of the way and let their team members lead.
In order to foster organizational success and a spirit of creativity, leaders must allow their team members to try new things, chart new courses and sail new waters. If a leader truly wants this to work, they must be willing to get out of the way and be okay with some failures and fumbles. Successes and failures should never be overlooked; however its important to applaud the thought and process of trying. Freedom, flexibility, solutions, ideas, risks, opinions, opportunity, experiment, failure… are all words that help foster creativity and effectually lead to success.
In order for creativity and a culture of winning to permeate through an organization, the insecurity of the micromanager must bid farewell.
When you hear the term couch potato, often times you think of a lazy, slouchy individual who sits around on the couch watching television and eating potato chips. There may be some truth to that; however I tend to look at a couch potato as anyone who is sitting on the “couch” or “sidelines” of life and not reaching their potential.
I often talk with aspiring entrepreneurs and the biggest inhibitor of them reaching their entrepreneurial goals is not ability, it’s the fact that they are sitting on the couch and not willing to take a step. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you must demonstrate initiative, be willing to step out and agree to take some risks.
By definition an en-tre-pre-neur: a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
Many people have a desire to become a flourishing entrepreneur; however only a small percentage are successful, because they are sitting on the couch. If you want to move from a Couch Potato to Entrepreneur your first step is to get off the couch.
Belief in people is of paramount importance as it relates to the success that they will have. As a matter of fact, believing in others is the fuel that propels them down the road to success.
What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you?
You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with. If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly prove them wrong.
“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” ~H.H. Swami
You tend to become who those closest and most important to you think you will become. Choose those that are most important and closest to you wisely.
There are many attributes that various leaders possess, many of them positive and unfortunately some not so positive. People are looking for particular attributes in leaders they want to work for. Leaders that possess these attributes generally have a positive, healthy work environment with minimal turnover.
Below are 11 Key Attributes People Are Looking For In a Leader. We will creatively title them:
11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership
- 1. Honesty – Tell the truth; even if lying is easier — tell the truth. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson
- 2. Integrity – Do what’s right; even if nobody is watching — do what’s right. || “There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” ~Mahatma Gandhi and I will add an 8th “Leadership without integrity.”
- 3. Visionary – Have some vision for where you’re going; empower your team to get you there and if you don’t do anything else — have some vision for where you are going. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson
- 4. Self Awareness – Know who you are; the good, the bad and the ugly, know who you are. || “He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” ~Lao Tzu
- 5. Risk Taker – Be willing to try new things, new strategies and embrace new ideas; even if the ideas aren’t yours — be willing to try new things, new strategies and embrace new ideas. || “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Harold R. McAlindon
- 6. Caring – Truly care about those you lead; people can care less about how much you know until they know how much you care — truly care about those you lead. || “Our love is like the misty rain that falls softly, but floods the river…” ~African Proverb
- 7. Stand For Something – Lead by convictions; know why you do what you do and why you think what you think — lead by convictions. || “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” ~Denis Waitley
- 8. Spirit Of Development – Develop other leaders; without leadership development, the pipeline of leadership is halted — develop other leaders. || “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.” ~Jack Welch
- 9. Good Listener – Be willing to listen; if you’re always talking, there is a good chance you are not listening — be willing to listen. || “To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation” ~Chinese Proverb
- 10. Lifetime Leaner – Learn from anything and everything; no matter how many degrees or titles you have, you always have the capacity to learn — learn from anything and everything. || “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John F. Kennedy
- 11. Humility – Stay level-headed and don’t think that you’re better than others; no matter how much success, praise or fortune you receive, stay level-headed and don’t think that you’re better than others. || “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” ~St. Augustine
For those of you that know me, you know that I travel a lot, like a whole lot. With traveling comes a lot of learning and people watching. One thing that I have noticed is that every time I’m in an airport there is a little booth where people are trying to get you to sign up for some credit card associated with frequent flyer miles of some sort. We’ve all seen them, as people walk by they start yelling, “Hey sir or ma’am get your card, earn some miles, get a free flight…”
The problem with their “talking & yelling” approach is that no one is listening, people continue to walk by and avoid the booth says would you like to sign up for the flu or something worse. Dave Ramsey is probably delighted to see everyone walk swiftly past the airline credit card people.
I personally think they need to STOP Talking… Nobody Is Listening. They need to try a new approach. What used to work, is no longer working.
That’s the story of life, leadership, relationships, parenting, marketing, ministry and a new year. Sometimes we need to STOP Talking, Nobody is listening. Try a new approach: “What Used To Work… Is No Longer Working!”
Cheers To An Awesome New Year.