We have heard it before, Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. Developing the building blocks of effective leadership for young leaders is often a challenge. Positional authority is mesmerizing and intoxicating. We grow up experiencing a world of positional authoritarians. Young leaders may believe that authority is control whereas experienced leaders grow to realize that authority is responsibility, responsibility to engage, connect and to energize. Young leaders must learn that it is not about themselves, it is about others and leadership is about them.
10 Building blocks for Foundational Leadership:
- Building influence is a “from the ground up” proposition. Build credibility at every level of the organization.
- Build genuine report with the worker bees. Learn their trials and tribulations, their hopes and aspirations. We all have them and theirs are just as important as yours.
- The “doers” in the business, the ones that get their hands dirty, are the ones that ultimately deliver the goods or service to the customer, remember that.
- Since the doers deliver the goods or service to the customer, they are vital to the success of your company. Thank them for that.
- The “doers” are the ones that will get you out of binds in the future, remember that. Remember to thank them for going the extra mile, they will remember that.
- Help everyone to understand their importance to the business so that they can connect with the big picture.
- Engage everyone in developing a vision of the future. Most people want the business to succeed, if they are engaged in the future they are committed to the present.
- Celebrate successes, no matter how small, for successes breed confidence and passion.
- Take note of and root out indifference. Ambivalence is a sign of disengaged individuals. Connect with these persons to see what motivates them.
- Foster relationships with those that have a positive passion for growing and building and are willing to take the responsibility to make it happen.
Building a strong foundation is vital for success and longevity for so many aspects of our lives. Realizing that the success and failure of a business, in many ways, is dependent on the leadership provided at every level means that we must, as leaders, lay our foundation at the bedrock of the organization.