In Part 1 of Keys to Successful Leadership I wrote about influence, trust, and vision. Your car keys allow you to start the engine and drive away and just like those keys, this series provides you with the keys that will allow you to lead to your maximum potential. Every leader has the choice and opportunity to grab onto and implement these keys to successful leadership. Here are three more keys:
A leader’s skills set can allow them to be productive and effective. The task every leader has is to find and concentrate on the skills that allow them to produce the highest results in the area of their responsibilities, while delegating the other areas to competent team members. Larry Bird said, “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” The key is to be refining and sharpening your skills by implementing a personal growth plan. Allow your skills to position you toward success in your leadership position.
The best leaders invest a significant amount of time to train and equip their people. Leaders know that training people helps increase their competence level. This in turn allows them to be more effective and increases the organizations bottom line. You should offer training to all of your followers or employees, but the key is to find and focus the majority of your training on the people who have a desire to learn and excel within their position. This will allow you to spend your training time and energy wisely.
Leadership is about building relationships and mobilizing those people toward a common vision. In The Leadership Mandate, I said:
The relationships and friendships you have are the cornerstone to everything you do or strive to achieve. This is why we must invest time and effort into building and maintaining strong relationships. Since leadership is influence, then your ability to connect, work alongside, and relate with other people is a key component to your leadership potential.
To be a successful leader, take time to connect and build relationships with your people. Start today to schedule time to meet with your people both individually and as a group.
Questions: can you add to the list? Which of these three keys do you need to concentrate on?