When it comes to leading people, one of the hardest things to do is, well, to lead people.
There are no simple “quick-fix” answers, despite the many “how I did it books in five easy steps” as well as my own brief weekly blogs on leadership that have accumulated over the past 5 years.
With that admission, I have been thinking about a few simple core leadership principles that can be utilized as a starting point in leading an individual team member – principles that can also be extended person-by-person to each member of the team.
Next week I will begin to outline several ideas that I believe are transferrable to any number of leadership environments:
- Clarify the mission
- Assess and define the needed roles
- Create each role(s)
- Recruit the person(s) with the appropriate gift package(s) for each role
- Provide simple and clear objectives for each person/role
- Affirm individual and team successes – in real time
- Correct individual and team excesses – in real time
- Promote the faithful players
- Continuously clarify the mission
- Repeat the above
I will take time to unpack each of these points in the weeks ahead, knowing that leading is only possible if we have the courage to lead…
Photo Credit: Mark Riechers