The influential role of leadership and its impact on the success of your organization It was interesting last evening watching the fourth GOP Debate and listening to the individuals talk. Some of them looked and sounded like leaders. Some of them looked and sounded like politicians. Some of them looked like they might have been coerced into being there or had something better to do. All of them caused me to think about what I look for in a leader and by extension, what employees look for in leadership. One of the comments that was made had to do with “negotiating from a position of strength,” with respect to negotiating with Russia. As a leader, you need to take the same position – negotiating from a position of strength. You are leading a company – a business, and thus, you are a business person, and the lead business person at your company. Therefore, by extension, the way that you do business is the way that those at your company should do business. So if you’ve got a soft-handed approach, or no approach at all, then you can expect the same from your Company. If you exude strength, however, you will find that your organization will follow.
Taking an Operations Management approach to build your company and avoid substandard performance. It is amazing watching the athletes perform in the 2014 winter Olympics. These amazing athletes from all over the world do things that most people could never do. You may think, in the back of your mind, that these people must put in a great deal of training in order to develop their craft. Despite their amazing capabilities, even those that fail to medal have skills far beyond the average athlete; they are the best in the world. Through natural ability, training, great nutrition and health, they’ve earned an opportunity and the right to compete. If an athlete just focuses on skating or skiing, but doesn’t develop the mental ability to press through, they probably won’t be as successful as one who puts more emphasis on overcoming the mental challenges. One who eats right is probably going to be more successful than one who periodically cheats on their diet. One who is committed to increasing strength, agility and speed will probably be more successful than one who is simply a great athlete. You see, there isn’t a one dimensional way of making it to the top. It is a combination of training activities, diet, mental and physical strength and skill that elevates and athlete to the elite status.