One of the Hardest Things About Leadership...Part 5

Wed, 2017-11-15 11:38 -- tomjonez


Through previous Blogs, I have explored the assertion that one of the hardest things to do is to lead the people we serve.

Although every leader knows there are no “simple” strategies, I have committed to outlining several essential elements that are adaptable to many organizational contexts (you can read part 1 here, part 2 here, part three here and part four here).

Last time I explored the need to “Recruit the person(s) with the appropriate gift package(s) for each role.” I concluded that article with the assertion that, when considering hiring options, it is most important to hire the person with the best attitude - and then work to provide them with upgraded skills as needed through training and experience.

This week I explore the next step.  Once the best candidate is on board, it will be important to “Provide simple and clear objectives for each person/role.”

It should go without saying that each individual position will share the same global mission objective.  That said, it is also important to provide clarification that lays out a more granular set of objectives for everyone on the team, by individual position. This can and should be done in writing.  As a one-page document, it can include the following:

  • Position Title
  • Purpose of the Position
  • Specific Goal of the Position
  • Specific Responsibilities
  • Authority and Limits of Authority for/of the Position
  • Accountability (Reporting Relationship)
  • Duration of the Position

As mentioned, this document does not need to be complicated.  It does, however, need to be clear. By providing these parameters, the person who is hired will be more likely to clearly understand what is expected, and is much more like to quickly become – and remain – productive in achieving what was intended when the position was created.

Next week I will pause in this series to reflect on the Thanksgiving Holiday that is celebrated here in America.

Until then, stay strong – and never forget, it takes Courage to Lead.


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