Leadership 101

I’ve spent many years in leadership roles and have had the honor of working with other leaders to enhance their effectiveness. Throughout this journey, a common theme has emerged. Leaders still struggle with basic principles.

1. Leadership is about empowering, encouraging, delegating, and accountability. If we do the work ourselves, there’s no need for others.

2. Human capital is our greatest asset. Disengaged employees impact our bottom line and chase our customers away. There are three checkpoints people must have to perform at their best: meaning, willingness, and ability.

3. Praise is often limited or misaligned. Everyone needs to feel valued and appreciated. Giving praise should be immediate, specific, genuine, and ongoing.

4. Budgeting time is a challenging feat. With more people working remotely, productivity management is more important than time management. Identify the behaviors that lead to productivity.

5. Lead by example. How are others referencing and reflecting you? Exemplary leadership is how values are born and behaviors formed.

6. Never take your role for granted. Understand your purpose. Believe in your mission. Become a better leader. Help others reach their full potential.