Are you a leader or are you a manager of people/function? When we ask participants in our programmes this, they initially struggle to answer the question.
Is a leader someone who is bestowed that through their position? Or someone who has the power through force of their personality and/or influence?
For many, particularly new leaders, it’s as though they need the title to then bestow permission on them to now start acting as such..
It gets more complicated still when people are asked about their leadership style.. What style? Aren’t I just telling people what to do???
There are literally millions of articles on leadership: its definition, how to get better at it, how to refine your style. I helped contribute to the millions with my book Do What You Say You’ll Do, a book for new leaders and those reinventing their leadership style.
Sometimes, it’s all a little overwhelming really.
To make it simple..
Matt Church suggests there are four elements to consider:
And aspects of each of those that inform WHAT we need to do as leaders..
He goes on to say this:
Now is the time.
We need leaders to be visible and heard right now.
Now is the time for leaders to speak out and send a quality signal into the noise. With virus conversations, business challenges and a culture of outrage it’s easy to think that you as a leader should just stay quiet and not add to the noise.
Leaders send a positive signal out at times like this, they care deeply about the quality of the conversation happening both in the enterprise and out. Don’t shrink from your role as a leader to amplify the positive and replace the negative.
In Amplifiers we explained how a leaders job is to manage fear down and replace it with confidence, remove confusion and replace it with clarity and to mobilise us as a group towards a better future.
A leaders job is to manage fear down and replace it with confidence, remove confusion and replace it with clarity and to mobilise us as a group towards a better future.
Matt, and other thought leaders, share many different models/approaches on the different aspects of being a leader: THE WHAT.
HOW we do it however.. That’s up to each person’s individual style, personality, approach and way of being..
Which is great, because once we’re on the road to understanding broadly what we’re meant to be doing – we can then put our energy into making it work best for us.
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- How to develop your leadership style
- Blogs on leadership from Tammy
- The Eight Archetypes of Leadership
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