From “Simon Says” to LeadershipMay 29, 2016 . .
There are plenty of games, like “Simon Says,” that we play as children that involve leadership. We all stretch our hands up and beg to be picked to lead the game. This trend continues throughout adolescence – wanting to choose your team at P.E. or wanting to pick the best students for the science project, but somewhere along the way, the overt desire to lead others seems to leave most people.
Why, and what are the implications within the work environment?
There are many reasons why people don’t take the leadership path. For some, it may be that they find making tough decisions, well, just too tough. Or it could be that some are just too afraid of failure, so they don’t really try hard enough in the first place, or perhaps when the opportunity arose for some reason they weren’t able to grasp it.
In my view, the desire for leadership doesn’t just disappear into the ether; it remains hidden inside the majority of people
If the desire for leadership is hidden out of sight and with no avenue to express it, how can our teams really reach their true potential?
Great leaders look at their teams as more than pawns. They see the motivation and potential of a person, providing them the opportunities to be fully engaged in what they do. In doing this, they unleash their team’s potential.
We should be inspiring all our staff to engage their strengths and hither to under-utilized skills.
What common traits can we take from great leaders that might help our teams? Some often quoted ones include: confidence, commitment and optimism; honesty and determination feature highly, as do courage, communication and finally the ability to inspire others.
Imagine what our companies could achieve if we can unleash and utilize all that hidden potential…how much stronger could our businesses be and what would it do to team engagement?
Ralph is a detail-oriented leader who gets things done. As a partner at Incrementa Consulting, he ensures there are no gaps in which execution can fail. You can connect with Ralph on Twitter or read more of his thoughts on the Incrementa website.