Without strategic clarity and clear vision teams have to rely on detailed plans to get things done. Yet, despite our best efforts planning rarely goes as expected. Worse, the bigger the project the more likely that things will go wrong. The problem with relying on detail plans to guide execution are many:[Read more…] about Commanders Intent as a Style of Leadership
Without communication you cannot lead. You just end up taking a walk on your own. Communication has been central to the “social process” of all great leaders.
“One can lack any of the qualities of an organizer – with one exception – and still be effective and successful. That exception is the art of communication. It does not matter what you know about anything if you cannot communicate to your people. In that event you are not even a failure. You’re just not there. Communication with others takes place when they understand what you’re trying to get across to them. If they don’t understand, then you are not communicating regardless of your words, pictures or anything else. People only understand things in terms of their experience, which means that you must get within their experience.” – Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals”
Leaders are always communicating. Without communication leadership fails. Described below are the 8 practices that successful communicators use to engage others in their vision and move them to action.
Leaders are constantly being observed and watched. All they say and all they do is constantly being analysed and interpreted. Everything a leader says and every action a leader takes is amplified, assessed and examined. So how do leaders ensure they send the right messages? What can leaders do to improve the effectiveness of their communication?
You are leading by example all the time whether we like it or not. People always look to the leader to set the example. During times of turbulence the is a greater need for leaders to step out, to lead from the front, to show the way. This requires that that leader be an example. Too many leaders forget how important this is especially during uncertain and turbulent times.
Leading by example is the most powerful position a leader can take. Leadership happens when we recognize leadership is a choice. Leadership does not require position, authority or other forms of control over others. Consider some of the greatest leaders in history, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Each of these leaders had a significant impact on their society and governments without having any formal position of authority in those governments. These leaders chose to lead by example, they chose to take the lead, they chose to go out in front and show the way. We can all choose to lead by example and to show the way for others.
Leadership can never be divorced from the leader. And as a leader, you cannot impart what you do not possess. This is why “the main ingredient of good leadership is character”.
“The main ingredient of good leadership is good character. This is because leadership involves conduct and conduct is determined by values.” – Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf