What leadership means to you?

Quite a number of people asked me in conversations “what leadership is for you, Leos?”

As a Leader, I believe leading people and teams means the following:

 

  • Identify the best talent in every individual in your organization
  • Create safe working environment for people enable to do the best possible job
  • Tolerate mistakes. In fact, ignore mistakes, and discuss these with your teams in Lesson‘s Learned sessions
  • Acknowledge no-one in your organization will do things exactly as you do.
  • Trust people, give responsibility. Don’t assign tasks, don’t tell people how should they do their work unless they ask for advice
  • Communicate openly throughout your team(s) and organization(s)
  • Don’t confuse authority that comes with a particular position with trust. As a leader, you earn trust of your team, regardless of your position. I have seen many managers who had formal authority, but no trust
  • If you are wrong, or if you make a mistake, admit it openly. It shows your confidence and makes you more human
  • Don’t confuse “accountability” with “yelling on people”. People always never need to feel scared or punished.
  • Resist the urge to get involved in day to day activities of your team. Avoid micromanaging.

 

Leadership is not an appointment. It’s an attitude. If you are a leader, people will trust you enough to go with you for a hike to mountains. They will recognize you as someone whom they can trust. You are in their view a person, whom they choose to follow. You are the person they will go to if they face a difficult situation and need help.

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