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June 30, 2010

If you lead anything at all – take note……

by Rod Smith

Get involved in planning the future YOU want....1. Get your focus off those whom you lead and onto your own increased level of functioning. Your own level of functioning must become your primary focus. While you constantly monitor or micro-manage others, your anxieties and not your vision, will drive and shape your organization.
2. Articulate the vision of your organization as frequently, clearly, succinctly, and efficiently as possible. Perhaps the most essential part of what you do remains the repeated articulation of your vision.
3. Resist your inner urge or the outside pressure to grow in empathy or understanding, patience, or tolerance at the expense of presenting your people and organization with necessary challenges. Those who consistently call for more understanding, empathy, and more tolerance are usually trying to shift the focus off their own refusal to be responsible for themselves. It is the “kind people” (those who call for more understanding and empathy) who will do your organization more harm than those who willingly face and meet the challenges that come with every group of people who come together for a common purpose.
4. Leaders who really make a significant difference, bring the most helpful change to their organizations, seldom do so without significant resistance – usually from the most unexpected sources.