Once a team knows where it is headed and is filled with the desire to get there, purpose keeps it on course. It is reborn at the opening of each week—and as the leader of your staff, it starts with you. Everyone needs a teaspoon of purpose in their Monday morning coffee, and you are there to dispense it.
Leadership is a BIG topic. It’s something that’s been discussed since the beginning of time. But what is leadership exactly? With approximately 8,793 books on the subject, I have decided to save you some time. And I’ve compiled an extensive, descriptive list that explains leadership (in 40 seconds).
Every company has “that” person. The one who manages to get their work done on time, meet all of their quarterly goals, and who still has time to pick up the slack from co-workers who aren’t quite as good at getting things done. How does this person do it? They adhere to the nine secrets of success.
George and Mary Lou were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. A reporter, noting that so many marriages end in divorce, wondered what secret had enabled them to keep their relationship strong for fifty years. “What is your recipe,” the reporter asked George, “for a long, happy marriage?” George answered that just after his wedding, his new father-in-law pulled him aside and gave him a gift. It was a gold watch, one that George still wore all these years later. He drew up his sleeve to show the reporter. Imprinted on the face of the watch were the words George had read several times each day for the last five decades: “Say something nice to Mary Lou.”3
“Time management is a mark of self-discipline. It can be learned. You can control the calendar or the calendar can control you.” – Jeremy Kingsley
There are dozens of time management courses and books out there, many of which repeat the same lessons over and over – write down appointments and reminders, schedule in time for interruptions, and so on. But, it’s too easy to ignore those tips and let your calendar take control of your life. Your life needs to be about more than your appointment book, iCalendar, and daily reminders. You need to be disciplined enough to have power over your schedule. This isn’t an impossible task, and it can be accomplished with these five tips:
Your ability to inspire your staff may depend on your skill at defining your team or company’s unique purpose. Everyone wants to make more money and deliver better quality and service. Do you know what purpose separates you from the rest of the pack? Employees will quickly sense when a leader is pretending to have a plan or is settling for the same goals everyone else makes. It’s your commitment to see beyond the routine and understand what’s truly needed that will impress and motivate your people.
As a leader, you probably already know that good communication is important when it comes to handling sensitive matters. But if you didn’t, here’s a quick primer on how to communicate clearly when you are hiring new employees, firing current ones, and working through those sticky situations that have a habit of popping up when you least expect them.