Leadership is the art of leading people, creating and executing a vision for them. It is empowering and enabling people to reach their goals.
I wanted to share with you the top 10 lessons or reminders that keep me grounded and going in my day to day tasks, plans and in leadership abilities.
- Use 5cents words not $10 ones: Communicating written or verbal or even if you are putting together a presentation, keep it simple. Use simpler words, clear layouts and less jargon. Below are the 2 books that helped me in my writing and presentation practices.
Writing without bullshit by Joshua Bernoff
Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr
- Do not jump the gun: There is a difference between being agile and jumping off the gun. Remember who you are sharing the information with and have the necessary details and info handy.
- Choose your battles: There is going to be difference of opinions in every decision you make. You are not going to get a consensus for every single project, idea or decision. If you can’t convince everyone why you are right and why they have to agree with you, don’t try to overpower people. Choose your battles right. Let your opponents win in the conflicts that have least amount of risk or bend the rules a bit to grab business opportunities.
- Walk the talk: Dont be a leader who just talks and does no action. Walk the talk. Only say what you mean and what you intend to do. Do not over commit and deliver less. Over committing sets the bar high. Fail once people will give you a second chance. Fail twice people will lose confidence in you and in what you say.
- Gratitude: Be thankful to everyone who has helped you and the business in reaching the success. Remember that success is team work and appreciate everyone involved in the journey, even when they dint believe in you in the beginning.
- Continuous learning: Be a believer in continuous learning both for yourself and for everyone around you. Learning something new gives you an opportunity to think outside the box and to grow. You don’t have to do expensive courses to learn. Read great blogs, watch TED talks, go to meet-ups to meet the greats in your industry.
- Distribution of leadership: You are probably a team leader and a manager. But make sure you distribute the leadership and let the team make the decisions for themselves. You just want to be kept in the loop to make sure that the team is heading in the right direction. Here is a great book that helped me understand the importance of distribution of leadership.
‘Turn the ship around‘ by L.David Marquet
- Shit happens, just move on: Even when you have the best intentions at heart and in your brain for your team and your business, shit happens. Things always turn pear shaped. You just have to keep these sour experiences behind and move on! Most important thing in these situations is your integrity. Do not compromise on your integrity. Also the more you retrospect and criticise yourself the more complicated things become.
- People are busy: Do not worry about what others are thinking of you. And do not strategise for their possible actions or reactions. Everyone is busy and people move on to their next big thing. They are not going to stall their day and think about why you have said something the way you have said it. So just forget it and move on.
- One team: Let your stakeholders win the game FOR YOU all the time. There is no them and you. Its all one team. It is a mutual dependency between your stakeholders and you. So instil the one team feeling right from day one and take your stakeholders with you on a journey during your project or product development.
I sincerely hope the few insights into my experiences prove to be useful in your leadership journey this year.
What strategies do you apply at your work to ensure smooth journey for your team and company? Mention them in the comments below.