2012 – summer Issue

Leadership Message - Who Leads Your Team?

For any company leader, hiring staff and evaluating team members are two of the most important things that you will do. It is so important to ensure that you have the right people in the right position for your teams to function well. Companies can easily fall short when working to get people in the right jobs. A few of the pitfalls that result in people/position mismatches include:

  1. Failing to know a person's skills, abilities, and comfort zone.
  2. Appointing the person you feel comfortable with, rather than the best person for the job.
  3. Not having the courage to make the correct selection.

Especially when it comes to choosing leaders, making the "?comfortable' choice rather than the correct choice can cost the company in many areas including money, company growth, growth of upcoming leadership, and retaining a solid work force.

To avoid these problems, leaders must commit time and emotional energy to selecting, evaluating, and developing their company leaders. This is actually a large personal commitment. It can be timeconsuming, as a large part of the day may be spent walking beside an upcoming leader"¦steering them and giving them both positive and negative feedback. While it might feel like you don't have time to do this, the truth is, you cannot afford to not do it. People development is critical to a strong and competitive company.

What leadership qualities should you be on the lookout for as you evaluate a potential hire or existing team member? Here are some qualities to keep in mind:

  • Leaders energize people. They can build and sustain others' momentum.
  • Leaders are decisive on tough issues. They can make good decisions swiftly and follow through with their decision.
  • Leaders get things done through others. They build their team and then trust them.
  • Leaders follow through. They help their team by holding them accountable.

If you are already in a leadership position, look around you. Who might, with a little coaching and mentoring, have the potential to join you in leading others? What will you do today to help further their leadership ability and opportunity?

Even if your job title or organizational structure does not suggest a leadership role, you still have the opportunity to lead from where you are. Observe and learn from other leaders around you. Identify obstacles that you can overcome that will help you become more excited about your work and reach your full potential.

If you think about it, the decision to lead and mentor others is a purposeful one that you must make. So is the decision to lead from where ever you are. Leadership comes from within.