It’s not difficult to lead your team to confusion—dropping the ball with one-on-one conversations, too much or lack of delegation, weak consistency, unwillingness to compromise, constant vision change, unsatisfying goals… ect. There’s a lot resting on a manager’s shoulders to bring to the table.
Jim Collins speaks this truth,
“We tend to think that what matters is having outstanding leadership at the senior level. But great leadership at the top doesn’t amount to much if you don’t have exceptional leadership at the unit level. That’s where great things get done.”
Leadership starts with clarity, clarity starts comes from a strong vision, and vision starts with an experienced, well-equipped foundation.
In the book The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead, there are three major points listed below to help avoid the derailing of you team taken from the book.
- “Craft a vision: Imaging an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work.”
- “Build alignment: Getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the vision.”
- “Champion execution: Ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality.“
Vision, alignment, and execution are top priorities to be strongly rooted in as a leader—it’s what will bring your team together, hold them together, and drive them towards flawless end goals together.
Be a leader who takes care of your team by investing in a strong, secure foundation. Having a mentor to keep you in check and be invested in your personal career will only help you grow others around you even more. If you are the weakest link on your team, confusion, bitterness, and lack of participation will strike the foundation and a comeback.