A leadership philosophy is instrumental in how we lead others. It doesn’t need to be a formal document, just a set of beliefs, guidelines and experiences that drive your individual style, one that effectively leads people to success. We’ve been through the first 4 tenets of my leadership philosophy, so lets wrap this up with 5 and 6:
5. Situational leadership: A one-size-fits-all approach to leading your people is not going to make them productive, nor will they be satisfied with your relationship. People are different and dynamic—they have varied strengths and areas for improvement. Because of this, people should be managed in a way that will bring the best out of them so that it will enhance the team effort. This doesn’t mean that a leader should be unpredictable. Rather, the leader should manage to the strengths and personalities of each direct report. From this mindset, the leader has great flexibility in how he or she interacts and motivates each member of the team. Values and core beliefs of the leader and the team should be clear.
6. Don’t micromanage, but control what you can: We can control our marketing targets. We can control the frequency and message of our communications. This is often referred to as reach, frequency, and message. You can’t control people’s responses. You can influence their responses by doing sound market research, being disciplined in how often you are communicating to your targeted groups, and working hard to hone your message. But you can’t control the responses beyond the aforementioned preparation. Don’t worry about what you can’t control, but have great systems and disciplines to help control what you can.
Like I said last month, I know my leadership philosophy isn’t perfect, but it has worked well for me. I would love to hear from you. What’s your leadership philosophy?