"As a leader, you want to share the organizational purpose with the purpose of inspiring others to join the mission and be on a mission. You want to let everyone know why your organization exists and why their work matters. Many think they have to work at a homeless shelter or go to Africa to make a difference. They think they have to find meaning and purpose outside their work. And while it's wonderful if they want to volunteer for a charity or feel called to go on a mission trip, as a leader you want to remind your team that you don't have to go on a mission trip to be on a mission.
"There's an old saying: 'History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes.' That's especially true when we're thinking of our personal histories. Why? The circumstances of our lives change week by week, year by year. But we're still standing. And our habits of thinking tend to produce consistent results no matter what's going on in our work, relationships, or the world around us.
1. Keep an open mind about the view of others
2. Show genuine concern for other people
3. Encourage openness and honesty
4. Communicates clear objectives
5. Demonstrate commitment to personal and organizational values
6. Display confidence and capability (p. 164).”
What are some things you do to build trust?
From: Gautrey, C. (2014). Influential leadership: a leader’s guide to getting things done. London: Kogan Page.
“When it comes to knowing yourself, you are likely to have some blind spots. We all do. Unfortunately, not seeing ourselves accurately can have negative consequences. We may over-estimate our performance and then are surprised when we are passed over for promotion. Even when the outcomes are not as consequential, we miss opportunities to change our behavior. Underestimating our performance can also be detrimental. We may have done well in others’ eyes, but having a low image of our performance can cause us unnecessary stress and may make us take actions that preclude opportunities tha
- "Be a good coach.
- Empower your team and don't micromanage.
- Express interest in team members' success and personal well-being.
- Don't be a sissy. Be productive and results oriented
- Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
- Help your employees with career development.
- Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
- Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team (p. 72-73)."
“You are a unique human being, and there is no one else like you in the world. You have unique gifts, talents, and perspectives that you bring to your relationships with others. You have experience and knowledge that position you to make the world a better place.
Consider all of the roles you play in the work you do and the life you lead. Think about the difference your efforts have made to your networks over the course of a lifetime.
- "Credibility: the power derived from your professional standing and expertise.
- Have a clear vision for the future
- Set direction
- Inspire others to follow them
- Enable greatness in others