Young leaders often explain their aspirations in self-centered language. They focus on themselves and neglect others. Individual contributors are great, but leaders always connect and mobilize people. Leadership is about others.
12 ways to connect and mobilize:
- Highlight need – explain why things can’t go on as they are.
- Make them know they matter – show how they can help.
- Include everyone in crafting vision – engage people if you expect them to be engaged.
- Create channels for service – build organizational structure.
- Call people to rise up – great work isn’t convenient. Disrupt established patterns.
- Establish enabling relationships – build confidence by connecting the inexperience with the experience.
- Honor effort – express gratitude along the way.
- Rotate tasks and offer training.
- Track results – tell everyone what’s getting done.
- Point out more need – more to-do makes people matter more.
- Celebrate success – dance because you’re making a difference.
- Identify and leverage forward looking leaders.
Six roadblocks to success:
- People tensions. Inexperienced leaders wrongly believe good causes and great needs solve interpersonal tensions. Connecting people, not completing projects, is the great challenge of leadership. Good people collide.
- Power struggles.
- Confusion. Begin with simple behaviors that express big vision.
- Underutilized talent. People walk away when you waste their time and talent.
- Diverse values and motivations. Accept that what’s important to one isn’t important to another.
- Losing purpose. People lose motivation when they feel their efforts don’t make a difference.
What hinders effective mobilization?