How Will Your Employees Vote About Their Perception Of Leadership

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It is at this time of the year that I am often reminded to always be so thankful for the amazing privilege to vote. I will be honest and tell you that I too really could do without all the mud-slinging and rhetoric but I guess it is just part of the process in a country where we enjoy the privilege to speak our minds on just about any subject. With that said, I am so grateful that I can freely cast my vote to make a difference in how things are done in my city, my state and my country! I am not one of those who believes that I am only one vote so I can’t make a difference. On the contrary, I am one of those who believes that my one vote could prevent a difference from being made so I love to cast it with great pride as a citizen of this great country. So, I hope you will exercise your right to vote and make a difference.

With that introduction, I bet you wonder where this is going. I will get quickly to the point. Last week, I shared in my blog, as well as it is the heart of my book, that the most critical part of Transformational Leadership is getting a real change agent in as the leader of all the aspects of the business. Let me remind you that the “right leader” will be a change agent that visions, communicates, owns, drives, and shares the success with the team as the business grows and performs. If this happens and this leader NEVER GIVES UP in his/her quest to change the business and keep improving, then the second phase of business alignment will take place. That second phase of alignment will be the alignment to the goals, objectives, needs and performance of the business!

Now back to the title for this blog. How will your employees vote on their perception of leadership. They will not watch the silly ads. They will not read about the views of the leader on all the business subjects and they will not often get to have a public forum to evaluate the leader’s stance. They will however vote with their allegiance and commitment to the business. You see the allegiance of employees today is not to particular leader or in many instances even to a company. Their allegiance is to their own personal opportunity for growth and development as well as working in a successful environment.

So, just like many of us will not vote for a certain candidate as we don’t believe it is in our own best interest. Employees will vote with their feet and move on, especially the best ones, if they believe their leader is not leading in their own best interest. So, the big question is if was election year—how would you do in your race as a real change agent leader?


Vision—Seeing Things Not Yet Realized

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In my last blog, I talked about involvement versus commitment. I stated that I clearly believe that any committed leader will have the vision, and the passion to excite others about that vision and the discipline to drive that vision over the long haul to reality.

I am anxious to take this opportunity with this blog to speak more about the task of visioning as a leader. First, let me define what I mean when I speak of vision. Vision in a business sense is very little about what you can physically see but so much more about what you can see in your mind of things not yet realized in your business/ organization. It is about what you can see in your mind as to what the business needs and can aspire to be in a future state. The vision should create a picture for your business/organization that is clear for all involved as to where they are today and where they need to go in the future to drive business/organizational success. Thus, the beginning and the end of the vision are relatively clear to you and your team once they are communicated. It is the time and work in between the start and finish that are more unclear and will be everchanging and so challenging to you as the leader. In fact, in my book, Chapter 9 is titled “Implementing the Vision Creates Cultural Change”, and I contend this is the reward in Transformational Leadership to see the cultural change that allows or drives a business/ organization toewards its future state or vision.

However, getting other to see the vision, buy-in to the vision and work to turn the vision into a reality is a huge leadership task that is facilitated by passion and discipline. So, in the coming blogs we will begin to explore those two critical tools to drive a vision to reality.


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