Football season is upon us and optimism surrounds your team becoming a champion. Successful teams whether in sports or other walks of life, require people who choose the role of being a leader. Are you seeking compliance or commitment from your staff? What specifically is your game plan to increase your leadership effectiveness? Read on to learn practical and proven techniques to include in Your Leadership Playbook.
- SERVE. Successful leaders possess a high level of self-awareness and are relentless in sustaining a positive arc in the trajectory of their leadership journey. They focus on the five practices of great leaders:
- S – See the future by creating a vision of a high(er)-performing organization.
- E – Engage and develop workforce members in the pursuit of the vision.
- R – Reinvent continuously by disrupting the habit of “lather, rinse, repeat.”
- V – Value results and relationships. Leaders recognize they are in the people business, and that’s where everything starts and where every thing ends.
- E – Embody the values. Exactly.
- Change Manager: Effective leaders enable their team to keep the ball moving by being fluent in effective change-management techniques and understanding change is a process not an event. People and process-related methods are used to counter trends, maintain focus, and keep team members emotionally invested in the journey.
- Fitness Trainer: Positive leaders serve as the fitness trainer for their organization’s most valuable resource—people’s brains, which require a steady diet of nourishment to stretch and adapt to shifting circumstances. In their role as trainers, leaders are committed to finding the resources needed so their workforce can visit the “brain gym” and continue their upward career trajectory.
- Culture Chef. As it relates to the culture, leaders serve as the catalyst for innovation and advocate that the pursuit of progress be contagious among workforce members. High performing leaders adhere to the principle of trying to do 100 things 1% better instead of 1 thing 100% better as the ingredients necessary for continued success.
Interested in learning more about strengthening your role as a leader, I recommend reading my article “Your Leadership Playbook.”
Finally, if you’re a Millennial or manage them, please read my Career Track articles for ICMA. I author a new article each quarter with the next scheduled for publication in September.