Are You a Valuable Leader?
How can you tell if you’re a valuable leader? In an effort to be more valuable, have you tried doubling your knowledge, increasing your hours on the job by 50% or enhancing your personal skill set? Did you achieve the results that you intended? Did you add value to your organisation?
Sometimes it only takes a slight edge to become more valuable. The sports world provides many clear examples of the “Slight Edge” it takes to increase your value as a leader. The difference between Gold, Silver and Bronze in swimming is measured in hundredths of a second. The top two or three golfers in the world earn 10 to 15 times what the golfers ranked at 50th would earn. Yet the difference between them is only a little more than one stroke for 18 holes of golf. Making the right small (“Slight Edge”) changes can improve your performance and value as a leader dramatically.
Seriously consider the following 7 small changes you can make to achieve an increase in your value as a leader:
- Maintaining a climate of open communication and a spirit of cooperation enables you to maximise the interests and strengths of each team member. Not only do good human relations skills help you prevent problems, they can help you transform potential troublemakers into team players who are personally productive and exert a positive influence on other members of the group.
- Making sure that work is done on time is one of your most important functions. A relatively small improvement in planning and scheduling could enable you to meet every deadline, prevent overtime, unjam bottlenecks and reduce the frustration related to working from a crisis position.
- Controlling your time frees the critical hours required for planning and scheduling. Effective time management enhances performance, increases productivity and adds momentum to your pursuit of long-term goals.
- Improve decision-making and problem-solving skills and you gain a slight edge that pays enormous dividends. A decision correctly made at the right time, or a problem solved when it first surfaces, is far more valuable than trying to put the pieces back together after a crisis. Preventing a fire requires far less time and effort than fighting a blaze raging out of control.
- The members of your work group, department, or division bring a variety of talents, training, interests, and commitment to the goals of your organisation. Learn to meld your team into a smoothly functioning unit and to focus the resulting synergistic force on the accomplishment of organisational goals.
- When you improve your ability to think of the potential of the organisation as a whole, you enhance relationships with people at every level of the organisation. You make more effective decisions and increase the value of your contribution to the overall objectives of the organisation. An important part of your contribution is your ability to train others and get them to accept responsibility so they become increasingly effective team members.
- Demonstrate in your words and actions an “attitude of ownership” toward your work. When you encourage an attitude of ownership among employees, they gain a sense of belonging and importance, and the quality of their work reflects this. An attitude of ownership creates stronger engagement and causes you and your staff to take pride in what you do.
At LMA we are passionate about developing Australasia’s next generation of leaders. Our DIY Leadership Analysis is an example of this commitment. Simply click on the link, fill out the questionnaire and receive a tailored report that will help you to determine your areas for improvement and identify strategies to help you improve your leadership style.