Lead With Clarity, Not Confusion
It’s not difficult to lead your team to confusion—dropping the ball with one-on-one conversations, too much or lack of delegation, weak consistency, unwillingness to compromise, constant vision change, unsatisfying goals… ect. There’s a lot resting on a manager’s shoulders to bring to the table.
Jim Collins speaks this truth,
“We tend to think that what matters is having outstanding leadership at the senior level. But great leadership at the top doesn’t amount to much if you don’t have exceptional leadership at the unit level. That’s where great things get done.”
Leadership starts with clarity, clarity starts comes from a strong vision, and vision starts with an experienced, well-equipped foundation.
In the book The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead, there are three major points listed below to help avoid the derailing of you team taken from the book.
- “Craft a vision: Imaging an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work.”
- “Build alignment: Getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the vision.”
- “Champion execution: Ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality.“
Vision, alignment, and execution are top priorities to be strongly rooted in as a leader—it’s what will bring your team together, hold them together, and drive them towards flawless end goals together.
Be a leader who takes care of your team by investing in a strong, secure foundation. Having a mentor to keep you in check and be invested in your personal career will only help you grow others around you even more. If you are the weakest link on your team, confusion, bitterness, and lack of participation will strike the foundation and a comeback.
Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.