In the current economic climate there are many people who are experiencing career transitions. Some of these transitions are voluntary – people are seeking a new career opportunity or alternate career path. Other transitions are involuntary and even can come as a surprise in the midst of an otherwise stable career.
There are also transitions in volunteer positions. Some are cyclical (new board member every two years, etc.) and others are the result of personal interest and a desire to get involved in volunteer opportunities.
There are a variety of styles that people use to accomplish objectives when leading teams of people – whether the teams are large or small.
Two styles, in particular, are worth a brief review. These are essentially opposite styles, each with corresponding outcomes. Due to space limitations, this week we will examine one of them: the “control” style of leadership.
Market Leadership =
Far too often when it comes to providing a product or service we place our primary focus on the product or service.
In reality, people buy products from people and receive service from people.
Even if it is a quick or simple interaction, they way that we are treated when we are a customer often makes or breaks the decision regarding whether we will ever return for more (products or services).
The same is true when we provide products or service to others.
Leadership is not about the position we hold, the title we have, or our place in the line-up.
Leadership is more about our influence, our effectiveness, our sway.
We are all influencing - leading - others.
By our action, by our inaction.
By our words. By our silence.
The real question is not, "Am I a leader?" The real question is, "What is the quality of my leadership, my influence, on others?"
We are all leaders in one capacity or other.
We are all influencers.
Either for good.
3 Questions to Ask Myself
For the past two weeks we have been looking at three questions which can serve as a good framework for self-assessment when it comes to our motivation on the job and/or with a given task or assignment. The questions are:
- What is my sense of Urgency regarding what I am doing?
- What is my level of Persistence in sticking to the pursuit of my goal(s)?
- What is the level of my Passion?
This week we take a brief look at Persistence.
From time to time it can be helpful to do a self-check... just a simple "executive physical" regarding my personal motivation and satisfaction.
These three questions are not a thorough review but can serve as a good initial "gut-check." The questions are:
What is my sense of Urgency regarding what I am doing?
What is my level of Persistence in sticking to the pursuit of my goal(s)?
What is the level of my Passion?