“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice.” Jim Collins
Successful leaders are…. (in no particular order)
- willing to take 100% responsibility for their actions
- keen to celebrate their team’s successes
- high integrity
- a power of example not a warning when it comes to self care
Let’s break each area down.
- Successful leaders are willing to take 100% responsibility for their actions. When a leader has the confidence to say “I am sorry I made a mistake” it goes a long way within an organization. First you show your human side, which makes you more approachable and secondly it gives permission for your team to make mistakes too and take responsibility without being fearful of management’s reactions.
- Successful leaders are humble. The dictionary definition says, ” having/showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.” In other words, their ego is checked outside the building. The primary focus is on their team’s efforts, sharing, learning and growing.
- Successful leaders are compassionate. Leaders who are more tuned in to their team’s emotional pulse and life circumstances have greater ROI.
- Successful leaders have fun. If their underwear is too tight all the time their intensity of getting the job done squashes organic opportunities for creativity. The best creativity comes from having fun and being in a joyful state of mind. This kind of culture is inspiring versus oppressive.
- Successful leaders are keen to celebrate their team’s successes. Stepping off the stress treadmill on a regular basis is vital for an organization to build on what they already do well so they will do more of it and also to give them more juice to go the next mile to achieve what’s next. Quality foods (healthy snacks; yes no donuts) create a culture of appreciation versus a drive by food that is an empty gesture.
- Successful leaders have high integrity. The dictionary definition, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” How you do some things, is how you do everything. If your team sees you cutting corners, fudging the numbers or telling those “little white lies” you have downgraded your integrity.
- Successful leaders are a power of example not a warning when it comes to self care. If you eat your lunch at your desk or don’t eat at all during the day, you have set the tone/culture of being all about work. If you are consistently breaking your own boundaries by saying Yes when you mean No you are clearly a warning for your team. When they observe their role model making themselves a priority it gives them permission to do the same.
Warning: reduced sick leave, more team connection, more joy and enthusiasm, more loyal teams, more productivity, more creativity, more willingness to go the extra mile.