I’m sure you’re rowing hard - But are you rowing like a leader?
In order to seize opportunities you must recognize them.
The top 12 missed opportunities of leadership:
- Eliminating ambiguity. Lean into confusion and frustration with openness and optimism.
- Hearing people’s stories. You can’t effectively lead people you don’t know. In order to inspire, you must know values and aspirations.
- Moving people from talk to practical behaviors. What are you going to do?
- Identifying and affirming behaviors that generate energy in others. What energizes team members? Enough with complaining all the time!
- Clarifying the short-term path forward. Where are we going this week, month, or quarter?
- Encouraging team members to reflect on satisfaction/disappointment in their work. What are they learning about themselves?
- Providing broader perspective to people lost in the weeds. Long-term perspective often solves short-term frustration.
- Eliminating antiquated rules, ineffective behaviors, and irrelevant programs.
- Inviting the elephant in the room to dance.
- Addressing nagging performance issues. Your team is waiting for you to speak up.
- Developing yourself. You still have far to go.
- Making *vision ubiquitous. You’re adrift until you clearly describe the destination.
The 5 powers of *vision:
Lewis Carroll wrote, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.
- Vision reveals opportunity. Opportunity for one is distraction to another. For example, eating in a fancy restaurant is distraction the night before an Olympic wrestling match.
- Vision defines forward movement.
- Vision enables tough decisions.
- Vision calls for commitment.
- Vision energizes endurance.
Decisions, apart from vision, are personal whim and organizational convenience.
3 opportunity tips:
- Opportunities emerge after you step forward. They don’t find you when you drifting.
- Choose a small opportunity if a big one isn’t available.
- Change something. Repeating the same behaviors in the same way yields more of the same.