Why is this important?
Recently, while presenting at another organization’s leadership conference, I was asked by a senior leader the following question: “How can you justify spending SO MUCH time on employee engagement when you have so many OTHER important results to achieve?”
That one question has inspired this blog series. Achieving results in our organizations is incredibly difficult, no matter what the industry. Whether as an effect of globalization or increased local competition, achieving the same results for sustainability TODAY is increasingly more challenging than yesterday. Customer expectations continue to rise. The competition for skilled talent has escalated. Yet, many organizations fail to realize that the only true competitive advantage is leadership. Leadership is achieving results through people…through their performance…their expertise…their delivery of service. My answer to the executive above…how can you NOT focus on engagement. An engaged workforce is the means to exceptional organizational results.
How can you do it?
Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” Over the next several weeks, we will explore some strategies that when executed can encourage those you lead to be as successful as they can be. We will explore the following concepts and the strategies for making these concepts come alive through your leadership.
- Leadership is the art and science of “moving” people. As a leader, we are paid for achieving the results through many others doing the work. This involves a change in our thought processes that we’ll discuss over this series.
- Leadership is a great responsibility and one of “weighted relationship”. As a manager you may not be the MOST influential person in your organization…but you are the most influential to your direct reports. Accepting that you have this amount of influence is the key to your effectiveness…or your ineffectiveness. We’ll discuss ways your behavior can lead the way in promoting excellence in others.
- Leadership is acknowledging that those you lead have different needs. There are certain principles of the human condition relating to performance excellence that remain true regardless of race, culture, religion or generation. Each person has fundamental needs that lie at the heart of achieving results. During this series we will explore these needs and how when acknowledged, a leader can tap into another’s potential.
Can you share a personal experience of a leader who was able to take you and others to a place, a result, that you didn’t think you could reach? What were some of the ways this leader motivated you to achieve?
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