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Guideposts for Your Journey
Thankfully there are some guideposts to look for along the way that help to illuminate the path to effective leadership outcomes. I share seven of them here:
- If leaders are consistently developing the habit of listening prior to engaging followers, they are moving in the right direction toward establishing trust. This trust creates a loyalty which supports the long-term mission and vision of the organization. A definite positive development for their leadership.
- Leaders who hold back from judging their followers create a healthier and open environment. This open environment fosters greater synergy and points to improved effectiveness for team members. Another win for the leader who is seeking to maintain or improve in their leadership.
- Leaders who move away from the invisible barriers of titles allow their followers to lead. The more that leaders can embrace a flatter hierarchical structure, the more an environment is less threatening and open to fresh ideas and actionable insights.
- When leaders are situational in their approach to followers, there is a greater likelihood for success due to responses that are tailored to the individual follower. In other words, one size for each follower does not work for them all.
- If there is a lack of performance or diminished productivity, the leader that fights for clarity around understanding the performance issue before reacting in a punitive manner creates good faith and loyalty.
- When a leader is actively and consistently creating clear paths to success for their followers, they have a clear track to run on as they complete tasks and objectives.
- Leaders who are known for leading with empathy while encouraging the heart of followers promote the very same behavior from their followers, which creates a positive and healthy environment in both the short and long-term performance of the organization.
Check Your Signs Often
At the end of the day, the path to effective leadership is not a straight path, but when we are intentional in our efforts while paying close attention along the way, there is a greater likelihood we will be aware of our own growth, personal development or need for improvement in certain areas.