Chad found the conversation enlightening, as it revealed the challenges and nuances of leading a team and the importance of effective communication.
Leadership: More Than Just Checking Boxes
Chad expressed his frustrations with the traditional approach to leadership, which often feels like ticking off boxes on a checklist. He shared his experiences with employees whose communication and quality of work didn’t meet his expectations.
I emphasized the importance of continuous improvement and commitment, suggesting that leadership is not just about managing but about guiding growth.
The Three Pillars aka Secrets of Leadership
Next, I introduced a holistic model for leadership that includes:
- Vision: Where the company is headed.
- Core Values: The principles that guide the company’s actions.
- Behavioral Characteristics: The attributes and behaviors expected from team members.
The Leadership Therapist
Chad humorously referred to me as a “leadership therapist,” highlighting the therapeutic nature of our conversation. My approach to leadership is about understanding and addressing the underlying patterns and behaviors that lead to communication breakdowns. I firmly believe that leaders should be clear about their values and expectations, but also be open to continuous learning and adaptation.
The Path Forward
For those looking to enhance their leadership skills, I recommend:
- Identifying repetitive communication patterns that lead to frustration.
- Building a clear leadership model that outlines vision, values, and behavioral expectations.
- Engaging in open and honest conversations with team members to understand their needs and challenges.
Connect with Me and Listen to My Podcast
TeamCatapult offers individual coaching, team training, and open enrollment programs through Team Catapult. My book, available at buildyourmodel.com, provides further insights into effective leadership.
Leadership Is an Art, Not Just a Science
Leadership is an art, not just a science. It requires understanding, patience, and the ability to adapt. As our conversation revealed, effective leadership is about building relationships, understanding communication patterns, and being clear about expectations. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a seasoned leader, there’s always room to grow and learn in the realm of leadership.
The Stronger Business Podcast
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