Great teams deserve great leaders. If you believe that you’re ready to take the reins of a team, then it is time to begin developing your own leadership philosophy. What is it that you hope to accomplish? How do you intend to communicate? What can others expect from you every day?
A good leadership philosophy has three clear components that are included every time.
• Clear expectations that are precisely communicated and consistently enforced.
• A clear intent so that policies and procedures can be created around that intent for better results.
• Precise priorities so that resources can be used effectively with every task that needs to be completed.
Your title might make you a manager, but it is the team you’re leading that will determine if you’re really a leader. Are you ready to begin creating your own leadership philosophy?
“Leadership is about inspiring a group of individuals to achieve extraordinary things.”
Brad Smith, who is the CEO of Intuit, has this leadership philosophy for one simple reason: leaders aren’t selfish and they should know it.
Leadership isn’t about forcing people into greatness. It is about inspiring them to achieve greatness that they wouldn’t have been able to achieve on their own without the help of the leader. Leaders must invest in their people in order for them to succeed. Without that investment, there will be nothing.
Your leadership philosophy must also reflect this. It must be focused on the team, on YOUR people, and not yourself. What makes a team great is the ability to take joys in the successes of others without being bitter about not achieving personal success. When one person succeeds, everyone succeeds. That is far more valuable than any other outcome.
“Work towards your objectives daily. Keep them in focus and plan for success.”
Dennis Parker is the CEO of an international minerals corporation and he has hit the nail on the head with his leadership philosophy.
It’s a concept that dates back past the Biblical times: if you work hard, then you’ll get results. If you don’t work hard, then you won’t get any results. Hard work for the sake of hard work, however, doesn’t make sense. You need to have a clear plan in place so that everyone works toward the same end result.
This is also a clear component that needs to be stated in your leadership philosophy. You can put values on specific characteristics, but ultimately you must base your philosophy on certain principles that are important to you. When these principles are clearly communicated with clear results that can be achieved as an outcome, then it is possible for you to have a profitable leadership experience that will inspire many to do great things.
Honesty is not a judgment call or a policy. It is being honest.
You cannot be a leader without a reputation for honesty.
You don’t get this reputation by being manipulative. You get it by telling the truth. It’s not a policy or a goal. It is something you can choose to do or not to do. If you choose dishonesty, however, just be aware that your leadership philosophy will be doomed to failure before you even begin.