The Ultimate Leadership Word
This simple three letter word changed my leadership style, and how I look at implementing change. I have my favorite speaker and author, Simon Sinek, to thank for this major transformation. He teaches that the most important part of being a successful and respected leader is to have the trust, respect and buy-in from your team and employees. Sometimes, as leaders, we have to make decisions, adjust processes and implement changes that aren’t always popular - without trust, respect and employee buy-in, it’s easy to fail. I’ve learned that if we only focus on the “how” and the “what” and expect our teams to just do it, things won't work out so well.
Simon's approach (which is now my approach and what Assurance leadership follows) is to begin with the “why”. It's so simple. I even have this picture posted to my bulletin board so I see it every single day.
The top three reasons “why” is important in leadership:
- Understanding: Your employees will understand your vision and drive, and have the desire to help achieve it.
- Motivation: The process and the result are important, but the motivation behind adapting to the process to achieve the end result is the crucial piece.
- Reflection: Let's face it, starting with “why” causes you to stop and think. If you can’t figure out the “why”, is it something that deserves attention?
Try analyzing your thought process the next time you’re conveying a message or implementing a change within your organization. Focus on finding the “why” and see what happens! And, if you’re unfamiliar with Simon Sinek, I encourage you to check out his TED Talk, Start with Why. I think you’ll find your time well spent.
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