“Leadership is the Art of Getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
We can summarize the process of effective leadership that leads to being a Great Boss rather than a BossHole by asking three questions:
- What is the process by which you take a group of individuals and mold them into a highly competitive team?
- How do you get a group of people to get what needs to be done completed in the right way, in the right time?
- How do you get that team to be a group of people that energize you and are fun to be around?
If Your Heart is not in the Right Place, You are by Nature, A Bad Leader
There are techniques that work. There are also techniques that don’t work. One of the more interesting phenomena I observed as a youth sports coach was that a lot of people don’t know how to lead or how to be a positive role model. Many coaches were people who were fairly arrogant. There are people who think that because the name on their hat and their shirts matches, that they are in fact a genius. Almost always, their selfish motives provide the exact opposite of a positive experience for many kids. I learned that if your heart is not in the right place, you are by nature, a bad leader.
If the leader’s process is driven by ego and the need for recognition, it can succeed in the short run, but will likely fail in the long run. If you try and rush the process and take shortcuts to success, chances are you won’t succeed. What I am trying to explain is what I believe are the essential elements of developing and understanding a good process by which you can create a highly competitive team that you will be proud to lead.
Challenges You will Need to Master to Become a Great Boss
There are only three Challenges you will need to master to become a Great Boss.
- Clarity: have a clear view if what it takes to win. Clearly articulate what you want your team to do.
- Process: develop a process that builds patterns of success and does not produce fear of failure. Think twice before you speak because your words will plant seeds of either success or failure in the mind of others.
- Mindset: internalize and accept that you can only control things that you can control. You can control your team’s efforts. You can control their practice habits. You can not have any impact on the weather, the umpiring or who shows up to play against you. Worrying about things you can’t control will keep you from performing to the best of your ability on the things that yo can control.
Focusing solely on outcomes, winning, getting the hit and driving in the run can create a cycle of failure when you don’t get the hit or win the game. Focusing on the process being done correctly, focusing on the approach to your at-bat, focusing on playing the game the right way, inspires self-confidence, controls what can be controlled and will eventually succeed based on the inspired and self-directed effort of your teammates ….
The BossHole Effect
Since 1977 the author, Dr. Greg L. Alston has owned and operated a variety of businesses, worked for hundreds of bosses and supervised thousands of employees. His no nonsense approach and clear informal teaching style will teach you how to Coach others, Command respect, and Create an environment in which your team can thrive.
Leadership is not a personality trait, it is a way of acting. Great leaders build great teams. Great teams achieve great things. The call to leadership is a call to action and this action begins when you buy the book, subscribe to the blog or view the YouTube Channel. Use Greg’s free tools to Rate Your Boss or Rate Yourself as a Boss.