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Any way you slice it, leadership more than anything influences people. If you follow John Maxwell, you already know he has said “leadership is influence.” At some point in your leadership I think it’s profoundly important for you to create your own definition of leadership verbally, because whether you know this or not, you are living it out daily for those around you to see it and read it clearly. So, if everyone is watching you lead, you might as well convince yourself of what it should look like.
I believe leadership is a diving spiritual gift that helps people come together, towards a accomplishing a common goal. I’m still working on that definition but I believe that it’s both spiritual and influential. People watch the leaders, “speed of the leader, speed of the team”, that’s what Bill Hybels says. If it’s muddy in the leaders mind, then the people following are sure to be confused, We set so many things in motion as leaders. We set the standard, we set the pace, we give vision and definition, we ultimately give permission.
We tell others what is allowed, what’s not allowed, what’s perfectly ok to do, what we can get away with, we give permission to the culture of our teams. If your team is not coming to work on time, WE give them permission to continue this or we make it clear what is expected in terms or promptness. If your team is not getting their projects done on time, WE give permission for them to continue handing things in late or we set the bar to be met. If your people are showing up unprepared, WE set this standard by example, we convey in action, what is permissible.
Do most people follow these standards or particular set of behaviors? Most times, some people, regardless of how well you lead and give a good example still don’t jump in the game, but I can tell you, it eliminates the excuses, it forces accountability from you first, then towards the team and it leaves a unique legacy. Leadership gives permission.
Question: What permission are you giving intentionally?