Organizational Leadership: 3
Principles For Higher Leadership Effectiveness
As a Marine Aviator, business
owner, and consultant, I have dedicated many years to honing my
leadership and development skills—both organizational and personal. In
my experiences I discovered three simple principles
that, when properly applied, will make your leadership journey
One—it is all about you
Two—it is all about them
Three—it is all about the organization
I confirmed these proven principles in interviews with over one-hundred successful
leaders. Here is an overview for you.
Organizational Leadership Principle Number One—It is all about you.
You must make the conscious choice to accept the leadership role. It is not enough to
occupy a position of leadership (as defined by a box on the organization
chart with your name on it). In fact, many people have made the choice
to lead, exercising vast influence, without being in a so-called
"leadership" position. In making the choice to lead, you take
responsibility for yourself first, which means you must commit to
working on your own personal and professional development. If you
cannot, or will not, lead and develop yourself, you cannot lead and
develop others. You must recognize that you will take some hits in your
visible leadership role but you must also not shy away from them. You
must realize that your decisions may not always be popular, but
understand this comes with the territory. You will discover the rewards
of leading are well worth it.
The three essential elements of this first principle that you must master are:
Integrity—Do you deliver on your commitments?
competence—Do you understand the tasks?
- Setting the
example—Are you a proper role model?
Once you accept
the first principle and embrace these three elements you are ready to
move on to the next principle.
Organizational Leadership Principle Number Two—It is all about them.
In this case,
them refers to those we lead. Your purpose as a leader is to engage
and motivate your employees to bring 100% of themselves to work, every
day. As their leader, it is your responsibility to create the right
environment for them to motivate themselves and to exceed your
expectations. Your focus should be on helping people perform more
effectively and efficiently. This helps them become more
productive and advance in their careers. It also shows them that you
care about them.
essential elements of this principle are:
Self-awareness—Do you know what you do well?
- Taking care
of people - Do you look out for them?
new leaders—Do you help people advance?
properly, this principle will help you in the long run as your employees
become more efficient, more productive, and more effective. They will
require less supervision--which brings us to principle number three.
Organizational Leadership Principle Number Three—It is about the
unethical and misguided bosses who think the organization exists to
support them. This arrogance ultimately brings failure. We come together
in associations or businesses to accomplish something that we could not
accomplish alone. Your employees give you their time and you compensate
them with standard benefits. As a leader within your organization, you
must recognize that you are part of the organization, but not
the organization itself.
ego and ambition in your job is fine--to a point. In the extreme, this
creates an overbearing autocrat. The truly effective leader knows he or
she is an active member within the team and always works to better the
team. Real leaders have a forward looking orientation and work to build
the culture of their group. It is the insecure leader who wants their
successor to fail. Any leader who fails to support an employee--for any
reason--hurts the organization, therefore violating Principle Number
three elements of this law are:
intent—Where are we going and why?
- Culture and
Values - What makes this place tick?
we work to get better at what we do?
Clearly, there are many layers
to each of these laws. But the first step to higher leadership
effectiveness is to make the choice to be a leader. Then, focus on your
people and help them succeed. Together, you can successfully advance
your organization into the future you articulate. Once you embrace these
three laws, you are on your way to becoming a truly successful leader
and you will create a thriving organization as you navigate your way
through the tumultuous sea to the land of new opportunities—new
opportunities not seen by many.
With over twenty years of
leadership experience, Wally Adamchik (President of
FireStarter Speaking and Consulting) is truly an expert on
leadership. As a U.S. Marine, he was deployed throughout the
world to participate in training, peacekeeping, and combat operations.
He then refined and mastered his motivational skills in
corporate America. As an author, speaker and business consultant, Wally
helps businesses and organizations apply his proven leadership
philosophies in pursuit of operational excellence. His bookNO
YELLING: The Nine Secrets of Marine Corps Leadership You MUST Know To
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