Quality leadership never occurs merely by chance, fortune, or destiny. Rather, all true leaders focus clearly, and concentrate on the ways they can be more effective, and thus lead in a far more impactful manner. If you want to lead in the most productive way, you must understand the significance of fully preparing for eventualities, and doing so in such a way that circumstances never dictate your actions, but rather that you maintain control of your own destiny.
How a leader PREPARES, and how seriously he takes the entire process, not only influences what will happen, but how he will influence what occurs. Therefore, I have decided to suggest 8 Ways planning and preparation are essential and meaningful, and to help make us all pay more attention to these, have created a mnemonic approach to the concept.
True leaders must avoid over – reliance on empty rhetoric, or the fly by the seat of your pants approach. Effective, relevant and sustainable planning requires creating and using both primary and contingency courses of action.
2. Relevant, reliable, and reasonable
Getting things done effectively is not merely taking some action, or even worse, trying to look and act busy. Rather, only when what you seek to do, and pursue, relates to present needs and concerns, while pursuing a keen eye on the longer – term requirements, are you leading.
It’s not an important plan if it won’t work, so the reliability of your deliberations is an essential component. Although one should be open to, and seek the best alternatives, unless your plan can be reliably counted on, it loses its impact and potency.
3. Empathetic and energetic
It’s always about the interests of those you are serving, or seek to attract as stakeholders, followers, or future leaders. Only when you listen effectively and proceed with sincere empathy, do you become capable of energizing these individuals, etc.
4. Under – promise, and over – deliver, while maintaining your personal patience
While someone might be attracted and/ or convinced in the shorter – term with exciting, but empty rhetoric and over – promising, in the bigger picture and longer – term, a leader will generally lose his credibility when he doesn’t impactfully follow through with what he says he’ll do and accomplish.
5. Attitude, aptitude, attention to details, and ability to articulate
Never assume that others fully appreciate and understand either the actual needs, the necessary priorities, or why you seek certain changes. Rather, maintain a positive but realistic positive attitude, train consistently to maximize your skills and assets, don’t let things fall through the cracks, and clearly, and transparently articulate how you will address concerns, etc.
6. Be rational, and explain your rationale
Few will listen to anyone who they consider to be irrational. Therefore, use quality and understandable logic in considering your action plan, and clearly explain your reasoning.
7. Earn respect
Don’t expect that because you possess some leadership position that others will automatically respect and listen to you, nor that you deserve the respect! Rather, in everything you do, show how you are doing your best, care about others, and seek the best results for the organization as a whole.
8. Sustainable system
Leading is not about doing something once, and then continuously making the group reinvent the wheel whenever they need to address similar issues, goals, concerns or priorities. Consider the long – term ramifications of everything you do!
If you don’t like to plan and/ or prepare, you probably should avoid serving in leadership. If you really want to be a great leader, focus and utilize these 8 Ways a Leader PREPARES.
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