Leaders Create Direction (Part 1)

Everything that happens within an organization is impacted by the type of leadership present.

This is a powerful concept that sometimes escapes the mindset of many leaders. Some leaders feel they are operating in their own little domain of responsibility and what they do does not have a great impact on the overall effectiveness of the organization. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every leadership decision made impacts the overall effectiveness of the organization in some way. Some decisions have a great impact, others are a lesser factor. But, in the end, every decision made by leaders has some ramification—good or bad.

Take-away Idea: Leaders must constantly assume a 360 degree view as they make decisions. Failure to do so can result in being blindsided with an unexpected consequence.

I regularly interview leaders within my client’s organization to help me highly customize the content. From the information gathered, I create the upcoming training session. As I talk to everyone, the quality and effectiveness of each leader becomes evident. How they talk about their employees, how they view their job, how they view their management team, and how they choose to interact with their customers are all factors that reflect on their leadership style. If one or any combination of these factors is negative, leadership effectiveness will be impacted negatively. Likewise, if the power of positive thinking is present, these leaders will experience a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness as they carry out their responsibilities.

Take-away Idea: Leaders don’t work in a vacuum. Their attitude and approach to their job directly impacts results. How do you view your employees, your job responsibilities, your boss and your customers? Never forget it’s your attitude and your thinking that play the greatest role in your accomplishments.

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