Personal Leadership Makes the Right Things Happen
While we believe that People make the difference in organizations more than anything else, we also know that there is something else in the mix. That something else is the factor that separates the high performer from the group. It provides the winning edge – particularly in the face of adversity such as economic downturns.
That key element is “Personal Leadership.” So what is so important about personal leadership? It is the one element that manages emotion, thoughts and integrity. It is the controlling factor in doing the right things during periods when doing the right thing is a hard or tough decision.
Personal leadership is based in the understanding of what makes people tick and doing the things that they tend to do. There is a process that puts the “personal” adjective on the power word of leadership. Without the personal part, leaders will lose support in the long run. Why? Because people are smart and they watch their leaders like a hawk watches its prey. If the leader makes a mistake – like a self interest decision, increasing a bonus or pay while keeping everyone else fixed, cutting costs just for a bonus check, making poor decisions, having selective ethics to favor themselves and/or promoting the wrong people based upon politics rather than performance – others get the bigger picture.
The personal tag upon leadership has its roots in understanding what makes a person tick or doing the things a person does. This knowledge is found in the mindset of leaders and influences every decision they make. Its foundation is the basic of psychology – the inner working of the mind. A simple analogy is the belief about the importance of people in the leader’s mind. If the leader truly believes that people are important to the good of the organization – then the leader will make decisions based upon alignment with this belief. If on the other hand the leader believes that people are like “machine parts” and can be thrown out and replaced at anytime without a loss in productivity or performance – then decisions are made with NO THOUGHT about the impact of people on the decision.
Personal leadership is all about knowing what makes people do the things they do, knowing the natural strengths and weaknesses possessed by the leader and using this information to influence the team to higher levels of performance. The ability to get extraordinary results from a group of ordinary people is the mark of a leader with personal power. There is no blaming others for all the mistakes or poor decisions. Personal responsibility and accountability move to the front of the line and others see this action rather than the talk. Poor leaders have mastered the talk of leadership, yet, do not or will not put their effort into walking the talk with actions.
If you want to know more about how to make sure that you have personal leadership, contact our offices at 901-757-4434. You can also look at two of our specific processes that improve personal leadership. One is the Phoenix Seminar on the Psychology of Achievement. You can get more information on the website – www.PhoenixSeminar.com. Or if your belief system needs to improve ( self limiting beliefs are the main reason for poor performance by professionals.) then go to www.GettingResultsFaster.com to learn about controling the knowing-doing gap.
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Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes.
Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings – contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.