There are many philosophies out there about leadership. Many experts and people who have had, or are in, leadership positions speak and write about leadership and how to increase leadership effectiveness. But there is one common question that is often left un-answered when it comes to leadership: WHY? Why lead? Why are you trying to influence people? Why do you want to be a leader? To what end are you trying to achieve in becoming a more effective leader? What are your leadership objectives? Leadership objectives are probably the least complicated elements of a Leadership Culture, but yet they are the most frequent over-looked and neglected elements.
Leadership objectives are a critical point of reference in aligning and achieving an organizational purpose. They align decisions and actions with an organization's core values. They contribute to an overall leadership focus that, in concert, will magnify and multiply organizational growth.
There are three basic leadership objectives that can be found in any industry or organization. I invite all leaders to use these three basic objectives to begin thinking and further defining their organization's own objectives of leadership.
The three Basic Leadership Objectives are:
3. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Establish, develop, and sustain trust with the people you are to lead. Demonstrate genuine care for your people. Let them see and experience that you genuinely care for their well-being. When your people feel that they are cared for, they will return that care to you. They will give that extra effort to make you and the organization successful.
is the most common objective of any organization. From making more widgets to increasing the bottom line. This is the most sky-lined leadership objective that everyone is familiar with. The common misunderstanding, however, is that this objective is the only objective. When leaders only focus on productivity and neglect building trust and neglect the development of leaders, they place a ceiling on their potential as a leader, and on the overall growth of the organization. Don't get me wrong, productivity is critical to an organization's existence, but productivity is optimized when supported by trust and leadership development.
is the most overlooked leadership objective, because many people see leadership as a position, and with any leadership position there must be followers. That is a way of thinking that will certainly doom any leader and organization from ever realizing maximum potential and growth. Instead of developing people to follow you, develop them to become leaders themselves. An organization that is made of leaders, instead of followers is a "Leadership Culture." When you achieve this objective, you are multiplying your productivity, and therefore experiencing sustainable growth. And when you experience sustainable growth, you find yourself building a legacy.
Again, I invite you to take these three objectives and think on them. Bend them, twist them, and reform them to align with your morals, values, and purpose. Once you do that, live them. Once you do, you will find great success.
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