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What goes into creating a leader?

It’s a tough, subjective question that can be answered in any number of ways, but the one thing that’s certain is that the answers provided here won’t be 100 percent correct for everyone. They will be useful, though, at least in theory, because to at least some extent they’re universal.

 Instilling and Reinforcing Values

There are many things that go into making a leader, including individual style, corporate or organizational culture, and the situation in which leadership is required, among other things.

 But what leaders really do is help instill values, and that’s what we do by identifying which ones are most important and setting up ways to apply them. Here are some we apply in our organization, and we can show you how to apply them in yours.

 Mission Statement

There’s a reason companies and organizations put this at the top of key reports and documents. It dictates the flow of information and instructions, and it also defines both the scope of a project as well as the key details. If you get it right things will likely go well, so it’s important to put a lot of thought into it and get as much feedback as possible. It needs to be as concise and clear as possible, and it’s one of the most important things you’ll need to do as a leader.

 Empowerment

 Leaders delegate, and they do it in a way that gives others power and authority. They define the job, show those they’re leading how to get it done, then monitor progress to do whatever steerage is necessary.

 Instilling empowerment can be developed and enabled in any number of ways. Mentoring, training and coaching are the ones that are the most commonly recognized, but it really comes down to doing whatever it takes, and we’re here to break things down and help you recognize that.

 Vision

 We’ve all worked for leaders who don’t know what the end product looks like. You need to be able to get across your version of that as clearly as possible, and everyone working for you has to understand both what it looks like overall as well as all the parts and pieces and details. We’re here to help clarify your vision when you need it, and we’re also here to guide you during those inevitable times when things go off track to some degree. Your vision is one of the most important parts of your project, so don’t hesitate to turn to us when you need help.

Communication

Communication is important at multiple levels, but it tends to flow from the top down, and it’s really about building and enhancing relationships. If your employees know what you want, they can do it effectively, and we can help show you how to set expectations and give feedback about your particular project.

 Influence

 Leaders shape behavior in many ways-they provide guidance, recognition, they set goals and they help with motivation. Reinforcing team members and employees gets them to do the same kinds of things with others, and that increases cohesion, which in turn helps create a positive culture in the workplace.

Empathy

One of the most important traits of leaders is that they can put themselves in the place of those they guide. They understand the problems every individual faces, and they match skills to roles to put people in the best position to succeed.

Humility

Leaders don’t take credit-they share it. This helps motivate, which bolsters performance, and good leaders know when to ask for feedback and input, and how to ask questions during times of uncertainty.

These are just a few of the things that go into a great leader, and we can help you get there. We offer a leadership program that addresses each one of the aforementioned traits and issues, and we have the passion and expertise to help you get it across your organization.

 

Sincerely,