THIS is What REAL Leadership looks like!May 21, 2022
Everyone talks about leadership in business and in life; however, it is harder to define what or who a leader actually is.
Today I want to share with you what leadership means to me and break it down with pen and paper, turning it into a visual diagram that you can digest and take action on.
VISION: Everyone will tell you that as a leader, it's your job to have the vision, in my opinion, this ultimately comes down to your "Why"
Why: Your "Why" is why you get out of bed in the morning, its why you choose to do what you do on a daily basis.
However, as an Acquisition Entrepreneur, its not just your "why", it's the why of your investors, team, customers, partners and, the people who are backing and believe in you.
Many people think that they're why is money, however, this is scientifically proven not to be the case above a certain point in fact, after $75,000 per year, more money doesn't actually make you a whole lot happier.
Repeat It: Once you have clearly defined why it is up to you to cement in your mind and actions as firmly as possible. Like everything else in life, this comes through repetition. Repeat your wire to yourself monthly, weekly or even daily if that is what is needed to fire you up and give you the motivation to take powerful action.
Verify It: Does everyone in your team know your version and why you are all working towards it? Everyone is contributing to the overall white in their way, from the CEO to the Janitor. The more they understand the overarching vision and how they fit into it, the more clearly they will understand their roles and responsibilities and the impact their individual actions have on the collective outcome.
PEOPLE: The business is only as good as the people that comprise it. It is a reflection of the people behind it and no one more so than the owner; therefore getting the right people is imperative to success.
Hiring: Hiring people is the process of adding to the DNA of the company. Hiring toxic people will impact the entire organization.
Caring: although they sound a bit woo-woo, I believe it all starts there. If you care about your people, they will care about the business, and everything will work to serve you better, but it has to start with you, and most importantly, it has to be genuine.
Listening: you can't effectively care for anyone if you don't effectively listen to them. Listening to them to understand their goals and also to learn the skills and knowledge that they bring to the table are both important when it comes to creating value alongside the people in your company.
Culture: Culture comes down to:
Collaboration: good collaboration means one plus one equals three. In other words, the output of the organization is significantly more than the individual sum of its parts. Good culture is when everyone in the organization looks at the problem and brings that unique perspective on how it can be solved.
Self Awareness: put simply, are you aware of what's going on in the collaboration and culture of your company.
Optimism: Why optimism? Because business is hard, no matter what people tell you, running a successful company is a challenge. Entering every obstacle with optimism is the attitude you need to take when dealing with things large and small and your company.
In Summary, it is always good to ask yourself am I leading or just managing? As a leader, everything you do is leading by example, there will be challenges, and it will be hard, but following the above frameworks will hopefully put you in a position of strength and be able to play the game at a progressively higher level.