Be the leader you had

Think of who you are and where you come from. Now, think about how you got here. Who helped you along the way?

All of us have someone. I certainly do. That person, or persons, who marked a defining part of our life. They made a mark or impression on you that forever changed who you were as a person and your outlook on life.

Be that person…

Those you lead are looking for their someone, knowingly or unknowingly, to mark their journey. Be available. Be honest. Be approachable. BE that influencer.

You want to be a great leader? Be the great leader you had.

#impression #availability #influencer #impact

Confidence

Confidence will take you further than you think. Individually as well as your company. The difference between you and your competitors, and what could possibly mean standing out amongst the crowd, could simply be the way you carry yourself. Live the mindset. Take control of the situation. If you believe you’re the best at what you do, act like it. #confidence #control #wellness #living

Delegate

The whole point of leadership management is to better the lives of those working for you. So, give them a reason to be proud to work for you. Don’t be a leader that shows success by doing everything yourself. That only proves that you know what your employees SHOULD be doing, and nothing else. Learn to delegate. Learn to relinquish some responsibility to your trusted employees. And if you don’t trust them, you have no one to blame but yourself. #leadership #trust #delegate #Management

Don’t Fear Disappointment

We cannot always bat a thousand, but you sure better try. Sounds obvious, right?

Of course our goal as leaders today is to provide the opportunity for every person we lead to succeed. To overcome obstacles and hurdles others wouldn’t dream of crossing. Every Leader reading this can attest to the fact that a lot of those employees cement a place in your heart professionally and personally. Because you gave so much. And they in turn proved themselves, and you, worthy of the battle. You same Leaders can also confirm that the fear of having a mentee fail is overwhelmingly terrifying.

I preach that we should all lead with everything we have. We should put every ounce of effort into our teams and their progression. Sacrificial management. So failure is inevitably… terrifying. No shame in that.

On that note, many, many managers feel like by avoiding the difficult employees, by taking the “sure bet,” you’re saving yourself and those around you from a world of disappointment and let down. And unfortunately some do it to avoid judgement by peers when failure shows it’s ugly face.

Now… here is where real Leaders and Managers differentiate themselves. You must be willing to be let down. You must be able to overcome the disappointment and know that you gave every person looking up to you everything you had. No one likes having their heart broken. Of course not. But to really feel satisfied with yourself and your skills as a leader, you can’t just pick the lowest hanging fruit. Give the effort necessary to help those that need the extra mile. Because, trust me. If you don’t, you could be missing the best fruit of all….

Cultivating Initiative…

As a manager, I look back at some of the greatest employees I have ever had, and they all share one common attribute…

Initiative.

There is no better feeling as a manager.  When you look up and your employees are moving in beautiful harmony. Everyone working together and individually to achieve our goals. Everyone taking the initiative. Taking ownership of their projects and goals. Using the tools I’ve given them, the skills they’ve learned, and the confidence we’ve grown in each other to make this branch thrive.

I have this right now. My employees all have a strong initiative gene. Not all of them came in that way, but we got there. They now lean on me for motivation, confidence boosters and support, rather than operational and procedural tasks. Yes, from time to time, I have to go there. But on a realistic level, I’m a motivator. I’m a manager that keeps us on the right path. They’re the ones powering this beast of an office engine.

I’m not fooled though. I know it won’t last forever. They will move on, as they SHOULD! And that’s ok. This was our goal. To better ourselves and our careers. These are the employees that I dreamed of having. The ones who grew. The ones who allowed me to help them grow and promote.

#management #harmony