ALL MANAGERS aspire to be better leaders — but what is it that makes a leader effective? The Leadership Code by Dave Ulrich offers five pivotal rules that lay out how the leadership game is played. How well do you apply them to your day–to–day actions?
- Leaders Shape The Future.
As a strategist, you must answer the question “Where are we going?” for the people you lead. You not only envision the future, but help create it. You also must work with others -your executive team and also your people – to figure out how to effectively move from the present (where we are today) to the desired future (where we want to be
How much time and attention do you allocate to future planning? Are you future savvy? How will you inspire your people with vision, purpose, mission and strategies?
- Leaders Make Things Happen With Others.
As executors, leaders focus on the question, “How can we ensure we’ll reach our goals?” You’ll need to transform plans for change into measurable results by assigning accountability, knowing which decisions to manage and which to delegate, and ensuring that teams work together effectively. Se
How well do you translate strategy into high-performance results? Do you know when as a leader to step in or, conversely, step back?
- Leaders Engage Today’s Workforce.
As a talent manager, you’re in charge of optimizing team’ performance. You must answer the question, “Who goes with us on our business journey?” You need to know how to identify, build and engage talent for both current and long term results.
Have you assessed the bench strength of your talent you know which skills you have and where to find talent in your organization? How well do you engage end energize your people?
- Leaders Build The Next Generation
As a human-capital developer, you must answer the question, “Who stays and sustains the organization for the next generation?” Just as talent managers ensure shorter-term results through people, human-capital developers make sure the organization has the longer-term competencies required for future strategic success.
Do you have a workforce strategy for present positions but also for future needs? Do you have a succession plan for your highly valued leaders and professionals?
- Leaders Invest In Their Personal Proficiency
As a constant learner, you need to ask the question, “What don’t I know about myself and my behavior that gets in the way of me being a powerful, effective leader?” Leading others ultimately begins with us. You can’t expect to influence followers unless you invest time and energy in your emotional and social intelligence.
How do you come across to others? When was the last time you did a SWOT on yourself? Are you working with a mentor or coach to provide insights into your blind spots as well as build on your strengths?
My Motto Is:
If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. Therefore, MOVE outside of your comfort zone; thats where the MAGIC happens.” To bring that magic to your leadership and business, subscribe to Marcias monthly Execubrief: Business Edge Smart Growth Strategies with a insights, inspiration and intelligence on how to build great businesses that matter those that do well and do good.
Whats Your Success Score?
Are you starting a business; growing a business; selling a business or re-charging a business? Do you have the right stuff to build a highly organized, innovative, productive, and profitable enterprise? How well does your business stack up with other companies? The ManageHub Success Score will tell you!