Did you know that you can unwittingly sabotage your effectiveness by being unaware of the three essential truths that influence leadership success? Whether you are just beginning your first job in a leadership role, or have a long established record in leadership positions, you can easily move toward the best possible outcome in every situation by knowing the truths about effective leadership.
TRUTH # 1: BEING SELF-DIRECTED SUMMONS LEADERSHIP SUCCESS MORE THAN HARD WORK, NETWORKING OR RELYING ON OTHERS
There is a growing body of **evidence that indicates that somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of managers and executives fail as leaders due to their own behavioral patterns. These range from an inability to build and lead their team to problems establishing strong relationships. For the leader who has learned how to be self-directed and self-reliant, the success of their objectives is guaranteed more often. When you intentionally influence your thinking, emotions and behavior you lead your team by the example of unquestionable confidence in your abilities to
- think and act decisively, strategically
- take charge, lead responsibly
- seek experiences and challenges rich in opportunities for personal and professional growth
TRUTH # 2: LEARNING HOW TO LEVERAGE YOUR EMOTIONS AS A MANAGER IS KEY TOWARD EMPOWERING ALL OF YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS.
It only takes one moment of unrestrained action, including emotional outbursts, workplace bullying or name calling, to disempower everything you have been doing to effectively build a cohesive team. By learning to recognize your “Dark-Side” traits which can emerge during stressful situations, you can also learn how to balance both your emotions and your logic to make the most of challenging situations.
Business leaders today are subject to more stresses than at any time during the past half-century. But learning to leverage emotional awareness as a leader is a vitally important skill for building goal-oriented teams, a steadily rising stream of revenue and intentional rather than unexpected outcomes to specific situations.
TRUTH #3: HAVING YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT YOUR THINKING LEADS TO CONSTRUCTIVE LEADERSHIP UNAFFECTED AND UNWEAKENED BY EXTERNAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Have you ever personally experienced a loss of respect and interest for a manager or leader who is thinking and feeling one thing, but their actions are going in a totally opposite direction? When thoughts, emotions and actions inspired by your emotional and thinking states are misaligned, it is more likely that you and your team will become victims of circumstance and the moment rather than staying on your intended course of action. When you become a self-directed leader, it is YOU who decides what to think and how to act without being influenced by popular opinion, the emotional sway of others or by external circumstances exerting pressure
When you are self-directed, you know the best defense is to think offensively and you are in the peak zone for leadership effectiveness.
Take heart if you have been feeling more bewildered, pressured and uncertain during these high-pressure times when everything is moving at high-velocity. When you know how the truths outlined above affect your leadership effectiveness, you can learn to perfect your leadership skills.
©2014 Jennifer Touma Mindscape
*Source: Richard Hughes, Robert C. Ginnett, and Gordon J. Curphy Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2006), 170, 215.