This month, we have shared insights on developing the next generation of leaders. It is a necessary project that we ought to undertake individually and as a community. However, in my experience, I have found that a lot of leaders often feel like they have nothing to contribute toward helping young leaders. If you are one of those people who feel that way, I have to tell you that it is not true.
While there are several similarities in the journey of leadership, it can be a unique experience. Just as we have unique experiences in life, it extends to our leadership journey also. Leaders at every level of their journey learn a lot from each other’s experiences. I have learned a lot from listening and sharing with leaders who have similar, more, and even less experience. It is an important reminder that we all have something to bring to the table.
The things you consider ordinary or unnecessary can give someone the insight they need to change their situation and life....
Communicating and delegating correctly is key to developing leaders. However, communication is a two-way street. It's not just about the person who is speaking but also about the person who is listening.
Proper communication allows you to set clear expectations, listen to and recognize individual strengths, provide feedback, and let leaders fully own their projects. Great leaders know how to communicate effectively with their team so that their leaders feel empowered, motivated, and engaged.
Setting clear expectations through proper communication allows you to delegate tasks properly so that, in time, your team members can become better leaders allowing them to grow within their roles while working on things they're passionate about.
In this video, learn how to build the communication skills that allow you to use the power of your voice to delegate tasks, build trust and create a positive influence in your organization.
Now more than ever, there is a need for committed leaders to pour into and nurture the next generation of leaders. Statistics show that 77% of organizations report they are experiencing a leadership gap.
How do we bridge the growing leadership gap?
Identifying leaders, as we discussed in last week’s letter, is an ongoing process for anyone who wants continued success. All of us will find ourselves fulfilling the roles of mentor and coach, so I want to help you get ready to flourish.
The need for mentoring new leaders cannot be overemphasized in today’s world. Leaders at every phase of their journey need nurturing. Whether you’re a seasoned leader taking on new responsibilities or a young leader venturing into new opportunities, finding people who will share their knowledge is crucial. Sharing the knowledge and lessons from our experience as leaders to guide other leaders is a gift that cannot be minimized.
Mentoring and coaching, like all important aspects of leadership, begin with relationships. Just as we cannot discover leaders on our team if we do not take the time to get to know them, we can not offer the right guidance if we don’t have genuine relationships. One of the huge benefits...
The beauty of leadership is that “ teamwork makes the dream work”!
No matter what the vision for the organization is, we do not want it to be so centered on one or two people that there is no visible team! Developing strong teams ensures continuity but more importantly, it reveals the gift to lead in others, and this drives growth. When there is recognition of talents and contributions, other members of the team are inspired to do more.
Discovering leaders begins with creating opportunities for leaders to thrive. Micromanaging every member of the team is not an option if you are trying to discover and develop leaders. Give your team opportunities to handle tasks and decisions and provide the appropriate amount of feedback.
Immediate performance, whether good or bad, is not the priority in developing teams. The priority is the search for untapped potential in members of your team and developing that potential.
While leadership development...
We have spoken extensively about anticipating the future and balancing vision and reality this month of July. However, I wanted to conclude with a reminder for you to learn to let go. As leaders, we must balance different responsibilities on different days while consistently planning and executing for the desired future. It can get overwhelming. In fact, on some days, you will doubt if you can continue.
The answer is yes, you can. You are capable of so much more than you know. Still, we must remember that it is okay to rest, take a break and breathe. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself and your team is to let go for a period of time. Several studies have shown that some of our greatest ideas can come when we are resting.
I understand that this can seem almost impossible with how many things require our input or suggestions. It can always feel like things might fall apart if you disappear for a little bit. As a leader of several decades, I can tell you...
As leaders, we cannot help but dream. We must lead our team toward the desired vision in this fast-paced world. It requires consistently mapping out dreams and desires that align with the desired future.
In crafting our dreams, we often lose sight of maintaining a balance between our wildest dreams and reality. Because we desire a far better future than our current situation, we forget that things might not always go as planned. Yet, keeping reality at the forefront as we plan is essential. So how do we structure our vision around reality and life’s uncertainties?
I hope that last week’s letter has inspired you to dream again. Leadership is a life-long call, and it can be easy to get stuck in a cycle of doing the same things. We must move beyond that and imagine a new future.
How do we do that?
In dreaming of the future of your team, we must keep one question at the forefront. Am I considering their present and future needs?
While this might seem like an impossible feat, the answer usually lies in research. While academic-based research like reading books and watching videos about leadership principles are essential, it is also taking time to talk to your team. There is a clarity only conversation with the concerned parties can bring. Showing curiosity about their needs, who they are, and what they hope to get out of being part of your team will help you anticipate a future for them and your organization.
Likewise, consistently seek mentorship and experience from seasoned leaders as they have navigated teams...
As America celebrates her independence from Great Britain, I’m reminded of the cost of reaching the goals we set. The courage, the sacrifice, and the patience of our founding fathers were unquestionable. Like us, they also had many flaws that would take centuries to correct, but courage gives time and hard work an opportunity to bring success. Don’t let your weaknesses convince you to back down!
This week I want to encourage you to be brave enough to pursue your goals and honest enough to admit your flaws. When you set sail in January, you could not have known the challenges we would face, but now you can forecast and revise your goals and timelines for the rest of the year.
The beauty of forecasting and mapping the vision is that you have a plan that is a living document. You can adjust as you go! This week take a fresh look at what you want to get done this month and let’s focus our courage on just 2-3 important tasks. Some weeks we need to gather...
While restrategizing concerning your Big Rocks, you might have heard a voice or two in your head asking why it matters or if you would ever achieve your goals. The answer is YES because it is never too late for you to achieve your goals, even if you cannot complete them in the year 2022.
Every new year is an opportunity to plan to achieve specific goals - Big Rocks. But we must understand that our Big Rocks are not limited to the year we planned to achieve them. In fact, sometimes, 12 months are too small for the size of your dream. You are made to make an impact, and impact is not limited to any time period; instead, it is defined by your commitment to seeing those Big Rocks see fruition.
Even when your goals can’t be completed in one calendar year, please don’t give up because you are a little behind on them. Instead, press harder, and who knows, you might be able to complete them in record time.
The beauty of setting goals is achieving them. It...