One of the best things a leader can do is to read. Reading helps give you a new perspective on things. I just finished It Worked For Me by Colin Powell and I would like to offer a few take aways from it.
First off this is a very easy to read book. Each chapter is independent from the others. He gives us examples of leadership throughout his career. We all are not in charge of the Military or in politics, but everything he wrote about can apply in the private sector. Below are a few passages that I found insightful
Leaders who do not have the guts to immediately correct minor errors or shortcomings cannot be counted on to have the guts to deal with the big things.
This is very important. As leaders we have to have the guts to fix the little things. This can be hard at times because we do not want to admit our mistakes, but the more you do it the easy it gets.
So everything you do as a leader has to focus on building trust in a team.
Trust is key to everything in life. If people do not trust you they will not follow you and they for sure will not be influenced by you. Do you self a favor and be trustworthy. There should be no alternative to this.
Leaders need to be ready to replace anyone who is no longer up to the task.
This one is hard. Letting people go is one of the hardest things that you are going to have to do as a leader. You need to be prepared to do so for the sake of your team. As the old saying goes “A bad apple will spoil the whole bunch”. It is true. I have seen many of people see someone slacking off and feel that is okay. They will start following that person’s example. Even if the person is someone that you had big plans for, if they can no longer do the task that you laid out before them it is time to let them go.
Try to instill a problem-solving attitude in your subordinates and staff.
As a leader you should not be trying to fix everything. Your job is to steer the boat. Make sure that you give your team enough authority that they can fix what needs to be fixed without involving you. As you grow as a leader this becomes easier.
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