Leaders Are Made
Making yourself into a leader is not easy because it takes the unconventional path. Being conventional only gets conventional results.
To be exceptional requires a way of thinking, being, and doing that is not the norm. To get there takes the right kind of practices. Though most people may have the capacity for leadership, few have the commitment and discipline to practice what it takes to lead. We can provide you with the distinctions and practices you will need to learn to lead.
Leadership Starts with Thinking, Being, and Doing
How you think, how you are “being”, and how you behave will determine, to a large extent, how people around you think, be, and do. No single thinking style is effective for all situations. You will learn how to develop diverse leadership styles and manage the tension between those styles. Expanding one’s diverse styles leads to greatness.
Milestones, Inc. has developed Leadership programs which provide your organization’s leaders with insight into the practical strategies, techniques, and behaviors they can use to lead more effectively, motivate and retain good people, and improve productivity.
Are You Required to Lead?
“Empowering Leadership™” is our signature development program for managers and leaders who are required by their organizations to lead. Its five principles (see below) offer a starting point for most business engagements. The principles compose an integrated approach to skill building and development with a focus on what is needed for exceptional performance, not just sufficient performance.
To “empower” means to authorize. To be empowering, see yourself as the author. You write the script and create your vision of your business and life results. In so doing, a leader, to gain followers, needs to lead the way, walk the talk, and show by example.
You increase your ability to lead when your “thinking, being, and doing” are aligned and integrated. The five principles that serve as the foundation to being an empowered leader are these: Responsibility, Commitment, Authenticity, Contribution, and Buy-In. Imagine you and your organization fully practicing these. What would it mean to the morale and financial well-being of the company?
Five Principles of Leadership
One aspect of what it means to be fully responsible means “no excuses.” That alone would be huge for an organization to not have people thinking that a “good” excuse was a reason to not perform. There is more to being fully responsible addressed in our work that removes any sense of being victimized.
Here, we consider what it means to be 100% committed to something. We assess leader’s promises and the fulfillment of their promises. We invite people to live with a commitment to make and keep commitments as though their word (reputation) counted on it. It does.
To be authentic is to be true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character. “Authentic” is not being false. When we interpret a person to be who we know them to be, we say they are authentic. People attempting to hide their “true” authentic self, create distrust. People, in organizations who trust one another, work in a more flexible, productive, innovative, and flourishing environment than those who do not.
Contribution (being “in service”)
Contribution is acting from a motive of giving. Being in “contribution” is realizing that you matter and that you are not separate from others and that you belong to humanity and humanity reflects what and how you and other people are being. For example, when a family or team is “loving,” everyone in the family or team experiences love. When you demonstrate “teamwork,” others experience that and you contribute to being a team.
Getting Buy-In™ is gaining agreement with people to act together, collaboratively. Cooperation plays a key role. To “buy-in” is to decide to act, even if the “act” is you agreeing with a statement or idea. To get buy-in is mostly about understanding other people and what they want and need. It’s NOT primarily about “telling” other people about what you want and need and how you should have it. Getting Buy-In™ is a process that involves four main steps. All effective leaders, salespeople, and people have learned the skills and processes for getting buy-in.
Building A Team?
We have articles and papers on these five principles. We incorporate all five principles into all of our programs where possible. We also offer various assessments that help measure a person in several areas that we use in our Empowering Leadership™ work.
If you are building a team and need to select the right people, learn more about selection.