Would you rather be the driver or the passenger in a car? Personally, I’d rather be the driver. However, being the driver comes with responsibility, knowledge and trust. When I think of leadership, I think of driving a car. You are responsible for the passengers safety and driving to the destination. This is the same when it comes to a leadership role! You are responsible for your organization and reaching your goals. I’ve decided to partner up with Brandon Roberts the CEO/Marketing Manager of MBW Inc. Digital Solutions for Today's World and we’ve decided to talk about the topic, “Leading An Organization.” We’ve gone back and forth answering each other's questions which lead to this blog post. How important is it to lead by example? It’s PARAMOUNT! The first thing that came to my mind is the old saying, “Do as I say, Not as I do.” If you want to quickly destroy company morale, that’s one way for sure. How can you tell someone to do something if you're not doing it? In my opinion, it’s hypocritical. A good leader should understand that double standards can destroy your credibility because your organization will start losing faith in you. Has a coach ever let you down and/or discredited themselves? If so, you probably felt disappointed and even lacked trust in them for future advice. Leading an organization towards a common goal requires your organization to trust you. How can anyone place trust in you when you’re not able to lead by example? Lead based on experience, not theory. When you choose to be in a leadership position, you are responsible for your organization. All eyes are on the leader. Do something right? They’ll follow by 50%. Do something wrong? They’ll follow by 100%. If you are going to ask something of your team, you must be prepared to do the same. Understanding that your actions influence the behavior of others is a key trait when it comes to effective leadership. If your team see’s you're willing to get your hands dirty with them, it goes a long way in building that bond of trust. How can you earn trust from those you are leading in your organization? Trust and leading by example are like peanut butter and jelly. They go together! How do you praise and criticize an individual in your organization? I suggest, praise in public and criticize in private. I learned from personal experience people tend to not like having their mistakes aired in front of others however, it’s quite the opposite when it comes to praising. Many people love public recognition because they feel valued and important. Having open, transparent and honest communication between yourself and individuals in your organization is crucial. Make yourself available to the needs and concerns of those you are leading. When communicating an important message, try mentally putting yourself in their position to help you structure the message. If you are unsure of the answer, seek a mentor and/or expert to help you. It’s ok to say, “That’s a great question, let me find that out for you” rather than giving inaccurate information. Not only do these tips help you build trust however, it strengthens your relationships. When relationships are strengthened, work ethic increases in your organization.
Do you feel the leader should take full responsibility for their organization when things go right or wrong? Absolutely! Your role as a leader inside your organization has compound effects throughout. A good leader knows and understands this intimately. Organizations under great leaders tend to hit their goals, take pride in their work and go above and beyond. As a leader, you take equal responsibility for your wins as you would for your loss. There is no room for excuses. When a leadership role is given to someone without the proper skill set, it becomes apparent...quickly. So many of us have our favorite coffee shops, delis and restaurants. Have you ever experienced it during a change of management that maybe wasn’t a great move? The service starts to become lackluster, things aren’t as tidy as they used to be and the friendly employee doesn’t work there anymore. These are a few examples of poor leadership and how it can ripple through an organization. Scale this up to a million-dollar or billion-dollar business, and you can more easily see why my answer is yes. What do you think is the most difficult part about being a leader? One of the most difficult parts of being a leader is letting go of your ego and understanding that you need your organization more than your organization needs you. I heard Gary Vee once say, that your team doesn’t work for you but you work for your team. As a leader, you need to serve your organization. You have to keep on the forefront that people come before profit. Put yourself in a position to influence and inspire your organization. What drives them? It’s important to really get to know the people in your organization. Once you put your eyes on people, the money eventually follows. Who is your favorite leader throughout history? Teddy Roosevelt is a leader I admire. He’s resilient, courageous and really cared for people. Those types of characteristics are ones I look up to especially in a leader. The fact that this man got shot during his speech and continued speaking for 90 minutes after being shot is just unimaginable! I’m not saying you need to go through that to be considered a great leader, but someone like him defines the word unstoppable. Why did he continue? In my opinion, his cause was greater than himself. When you find a cause that's bigger than yourself the impossible becomes possible. What values are most important to you as a leader? Accountability is so important when it comes to values as a leader. Your word is your bond! If you say you will do something, be somewhere and/or help someone, YOU DO IT! Cancelling a scheduled meeting last minute, arriving late to an event, not getting back to someone in a timely manner is irresponsible, in my opinion. I feel you're not valuing the other person's time like you should. Of course, cancelling due to an emergency is different. Additionally, having integrity is crucial. Whether you're from Yale or Jail, all human beings should be respected. When it comes to integrity, I think of a glass house. Are you doing what you preach behind closed doors? Are you ready to lead an organization? I give you so much credit for wanting to do so. When it comes to leadership my biggest advice to you is, conviction. Believe in yourself, your organization and your mission. Look in the mirror and tell yourself, “ I AM A LEADER.” Say it with conviction and truly believe it.
Looking to connect with Brandon Roberts? Here is his contact information:
Direct; (682) 597-7390 Facebook; www.facebook.com/mbwincpoolerga Email; Brandon@mbwincsmma.com