Thursday, 17 November 2011

Five Leadership Secrets For Challenging Times

We are constantly faced with new challenges and increasingly in the workplace, such as reorganization, downsizing, and "left out sizing." We are faced with the question, "How to lead change in this storm?" Sometimes it may seem difficult and the decisions we make define our short-term results and long term. I'm going to tell you five leadership techniques guaranteed to keep you on track during these difficult times.

1 Integrity.

I put this first because the lack of integrity will make or break you as a professional, as a leader as a person in the long term. The absence of this evil turn the heroes of past and present. For example, "MCI was the apple of the eyes of the business community high income, high profits and growth. MCI beat the competition hands down.

Then it was discovered that there were serious accounting irregularities that accounted for amazing profits. You see, management made a decision, "Should I continue to maintain good growth and be able to look myself in the mirror or do I cook the accounting books and spend the rest of my time covering up this lack of integrity? The real shame of the MCI situation was that AT & T, Sprint and others in the industry had to cut costs and lay off thousands of employees to compete with MCI's false numbers. The lack of integrity at MCI not only affected the company but also the livelihood of thousands and the industry as a whole.

Recently I was talking recently retired member of the council who is highly respected in the community. I asked him what was the secret of his success at the same time the Council? He said that one of his political adversaries said to him. "When you were on Council, I did not like the way you voted, but I respect the way they voted because you were in line with your voice, and it was of interest city ​​in mind "

Ask yourself what decisions you make are right for the long term? Be consistent in your actions, be it with management, your team or your family.

Second Knowledge.

With the change happens faster and faster every moment, it is very important to develop the skills needed to master these changes. It is necessary only for you but your team and management. As I always say, "This is not the correct answer is that you have the right answer faster than before." Many times during my work in computer programs a student says, "I did not know where to find the answer." Then I'll say. "This is an unacceptable answer" As part of being a leader is to acquire the skills needed to find the right answers. With the Internet, in the classroom and online training, mentors, etc., knowledge is at your fingertips.

Challenge your team to use the same resources to acquire the skills needed to master their challenges. With the acquisition of this knowledge, you will be able to navigate your team through the ocean of change and achieve their goals.

Third Determination.

You've seen them. I am waiting for information, then more information before deciding. Then they need more data to support the information that already have.Then need a commission to analyze the data. Then I'm waiting for the right time to make a decision.

Well, you know what I mean. Anyone know? Make a decision! Good things happen when we intervene, we grow, you adapt and grow your team. There is no ideal time to make a decision. Leaders make decisions based on past experience, deployment and operation of the decision to stay and the decision to modify, if necessary. But make a decision. The worst quality you can show your team is indecision. What do you think your team sees when you can not make a decision? Make a decision and go for it.

4. The vision.

This is the ability to not only see what is present - anyone can do it - is the ability to see into the future. Exceptional leaders can not only see their team for what they can do now, but what they can become, and paint the picture for them. These leaders are consistently communicating and coaching their team members to that vision. One of the best ways, and at least the methods used to communicate your vision is the team meeting.

Each meeting should begin with the team vision, mission and objectives, and the rest of the meeting should tie into the vision. For example, the motivation was partly tie into the vision, the information should be part of the tie in meeting the vision, the training part of the tie assembly in vision, etc. Also, invest time to develop your team of personal visions and show them how they can achieve their personal goals by tying for the overall vision. Constantly communicating the vision, your team will move with purpose, feel they are personally making a difference and achieve their goals faster.

5th Altruism

Stephen Covey in his best-seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, wrote that a true leader must be a server for which he or she drives. The leader must be able to "give for the good of the team." In other words, to be generous in word and deed. Be generous in praise of others, in public, especially in front of the address.

Be generous with the ability to take the time to listen, really listen to the concerns of your team. A recent survey indicated that management of the average time management invests doing "pure listening" to employees during the year is only two hours, two hours! What is meant by "pure listening" time was listening with eye contact, recognition, and not answer the phone while listening, not talking to another person while listening, etc. Be generous with the ability to help your team . If the ability to easily help a difficult telephone call, jump and remove roadblocks to team members, or "be there" for a team member in difficult times. Believe me, the team will remember those moments for you and Excel.

Now, I challenge you to implement only one of these management techniques to reach ', mission vision and goals for the future.