Valuable Insights for Today's Leaders
As a business leader, your holy grail should be to differentiate your business so that customers and clients will want to buy from you rather than your competitors. Quoting Warren Buffett, “You will have a hard time finding a person who has had a wonderful experience who isn’t going to come back.
How can you thrive in a political environment? Meet your commitments to others. Build trust with your peers. Develop alliances. Keep your adversaries close. Build political capital. Most importantly, do your job and achieve results, and let those results speak for themselves.
Many leaders don’t realize they can learn not only from direct reports, but from anyone in their organization, even hourly workers on the factory floor. They have a different perspective. They are not jaded by past failures or stuck in old paradigms. They don’t know that things can’t be done.
Invasive monitoring of employee productivity is the antithesis of continuous improvement, which empowers employees and helps them develop a sense of ownership in what they do. A workforce that participates in setting their metrics and improving workflow processes will outperform a workforce treated like cogs in a wheel.
As the new superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, Tony Watlington faces many issues that need to be addressed. In addition to the adequacy of teacher pay and the difficulty in hiring teachers to fill classroom vacancies, I would hope that the transition teams he appointed will focus on four areas.
Effective leaders know to push down decision-making to the lowest possible level in their organization, as the Ukrainian military does. You want to hire people who will take the initiative. Having decision-makers throughout the organization owning their results is much more effective than top-down command and control.
When going up against a competitor, you want them to think, “Oh no. Not those guys!” That’s how good you want to be. That’s how you win business in a competitive marketplace.
The political will of both the Democrats and Republicans to do the right thing for the American people has been demonstrated in the past. Americans want to see more bipartisan leadership to address our country’s issues. It will position us for a better future.
It’s been said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” If nothing in Philadelphia changes, we can expect the same result—increasing gun violence.
Write about your values and what you have learned to achieve success during your career. Comment on the actions of leaders when you think those actions teach a lesson on what to do or what not to do. Share your own experience in similar situations and what you learned.
The test of any leader isn’t when things are going well. It’s when they face difficult challenges. The individuals who embrace these universal traits and practices in this article will more effectively overcome those challenges and be successful in their careers.