What makes leadership perfect for you? And what lack of it do you experience in your organization?
We will keep talking and writing about leadership. Research, biographies of world leaders and new theories fall over each other and claim to be “the best”. Personally I like to do some “cherry picking” in this never ending landscape. I select what inspires me and create a collection of insights that feed my personal wisdom and serve me working with others.
One of my “cherries” is keep it simple and close to home. Simply by reflecting on the good leaders I experienced myself. Leaders I saw in action close to myself, who now me as well and who I can call if I need a sparring partner on a topic that keeps me buzzy.
To be quite honest I had lots experiences of leadership who were moderate in my eyes during my 20+ years of experience in the corporate world. To describe what was missing I can write a book, which doesn’t mean these managers where not excellent in process management, and that is something totally different from leadership for me. Leaders bring others along in the journey and unlock their potential to be able to reach out to the sky together.
The few examples of people who showed perfect leadership to me can be counted on one hand unfortunately. Who they were and what was their job title is not relevant for now, I will tell you what they did and felt as a “perfect leadership” experience for me:
- “Stay who you are” under all circumstances in an authentic and charismatic way.
- Tell and show a consistent and clear story that gives direction to me.
- Be approachable, listen carefully and give real attention to me during our personal contact.
- Unlock my potential by speaking out the faith you have in my abilities and give me full responsibility from the start in some projects I never did before.
- Affirm the potential you see in me (and I didn’t see in myself at that moment) to give me self-confidence in what I can achieve.
- Being there for me in the moments I needed you.
- Show the guts to mention and discuss sensitive matters.
Who is a perfect leader in your working area? What makes it perfect for you? What are they doing in specific situation and what can you learn from this insight? Make it as concrete as possible for yourself! In this way you create your imaginary advisory board to become an even better leader as you are right now yourself.
Last but not least a fully different question. If you take a look at the leadership within your organization at this moment. What goes well and what can be done better in your opinion?
I would consider it valuable to discuss this with you. If you agree please send me a message and I will visit you soon.