Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Leadership is not only about focusing on the day to day work; which by the way does not go away. It’s about focusing on the softer side of development of people which enables them to deal with various expected situations.
Here are three vital elements to unlock people’s potential:
Lead By Example
When it comes to superior leadership – don’t ask your people to do anything you are not willing to do yourself. People appreciate a leader who is willing to get their hands dirty. They want someone to mentor them and lead them by example, someone who ‘walks the talk!’
Know Your People Well
Instead, of talking about all of your accolades and what makes you so great; make it about the people who are ultimately going to lead you to further success. Ask them things about them, why they chose your company, what do they enjoy most about their position, and what are their challenges and how you can help. Ask them what motivates them and what gets them going. Don’t make it about you make it about them.
Invest in growth and development of your people
Investing in people and their development will lead to an extensive growth of an organization. Also make sure that you are directing the efforts in the right direction, so that a good majority of your time is spent on people that are producing results and are giving leverage to the organization.
Don’t subscribe to a “Do-It-For-You” methodology of talent management, rather lead, mentor, coach and develop team members by getting them to buy-into a “Do-It-Yourself” work ethic. This helps in keeping the group focused on its vision over the long term. Lift a person’s vision to higher sights, raise his/ her performance to a higher standard, and build a personality beyond his/ her normal limitations.
Thus improve your organizations performance through leadership. Successful leaders never stop learning. They learn from their mistakes and they learn from their triumphs, and they’re always changing themselves and mentoring others for the better.