I was flying from Chicago last week and someone asked me, ‘What does Leading Elegantly really mean…like can you give me a quick peek into what’s it all about?’ Trying to avoid being an egotistical self promoter, I asked what prevents you from being a great leader? Below are answers to the obstacles so many of us face. We think we don’t have time to Lead the way we should – Elegantly – so we discount the relationship ‘interruption’ as an obstacle. You asked for the ‘blue pill’ well here it is!
Tired of drive by shootings? The, ‘hey gotta minute?’ build autonomy, empowerment and access. Take control of your office time and let your key touch points know when you’re around and willing to make time for them. Invite them, teach them, inspire them, lead them!
Stop penalizing the 99% on the actions of 1%. Hire great people and establish healthy boundaries during the interview so everyone knows what they’re getting into before you hire them and make a costly mistake. Some will still do stupid stuff – coach’em up.
The one commodity you cannot recapture is time. Fill your calendar with high-value touch points and less meetings. Results come via people. Avoid time stealers and invest where your largest return is – people. It must be important if 2 of top 3 here revolve around people!
Be the Message
Being authentic builds trust and perpetuates a safe environment. If you’re not you, then your people must guess who the hell you are. Be the example you want them to be when you’re not looking.
Take 20 minutes everyday to do nothing but think. No distractions, no interruptions, nothing. Work towards increasing this time to an hour or two each week – stimulate your prefrontal cortex to generate new ideas.