My 3 undisputed facts about leadership!
There are many layers to exceptional leadership. This blog is not meant to be a simple summary of the foundations of leadership, but merely a summary of what I believe to be the core foundation of exceptional leadership.
As I have advanced in my career, been exposed to a multitude of organizational environments, and completed my terminal degree in leadership, I have come to determine there are three, indisputable facts about leadership:
First, EVERYONE has a story.
Second, EVERYONE has something that makes them ”tick”.
Third, EVERYONE has value to add to an organization.
Why are these three “facts” so important to successful leadership? Because understanding and embracing these three facts will provide a vehicle that allows a leader to maximize the potential of EVERY person in his or her organization.
Think about the first fact: EVERYONE has a story: It is these stories that provide the foundation for who an individual is, what inspires and motivates them, and what connections a leader can make with these individuals. These are things that have NOTHING to do with the leader and NOTHING to do with the organization, but EVERYTHING to do with the individual. It is in understanding these stories that helps a leader develop a deeper level of engagement that motivates these employees.
Second, EVERYONE has something that makes them tick. EVERYONE has a thing: that special reason why they get out of bed in the morning, or that thing they think about most of the day. Engaging employees and getting to know what is most important to them is critical to developing higher levels of engagement. This sets the trend for a person’s conduct and attitude. When there is a “disruption in the force” and the person is acting differently, these “aware” leaders can engage these employees, demonstrating a deeper and richer level of caring for them as a person. The result will be an employee who is more dedicated to the organization, who is more engaged, and a person who will psychologically want to give back to the organization.
And understand Facts #1 & #2, will help a leader better understand Fact #3: EVERYONE has a value to add to an organization. Organizational environments are becoming more complex and unique with the exit of baby boomers and the entrance of higher numbers of Millennials. Now, more than ever it is incumbent on leaders to understand that each person has value, and tailoring situations to best maximize the output of these personnel, in a manner that is in alignment with what makes employees tick!
This may sound like a lot of effort and be too “touchy-feely” for some old-fashion leaders. But the gain will be a maximization of the workforce and create a workforce that feels appreciated and is willing to give back to an organization at unprecedented levels.
-Dr Jim Getman