If you called a meeting at Detroit’s Metro Airport and had the chance to take a poll from a small group of commercial pilots, there are a number of things you can ask them. The purpose of this interview is to ask them this question. What three things do pilots have to be focused on as they fly the big planes in and out of the Motor City? They would most probably tell you that without these three variables, there would be a problem with take offs and landings. The essential variables are course, speed and attitude. But as you will read, leadership is much like piloting.
Every day, every week, every month you must be on a steady, consistent and unwavering course. On your way to work, as you hit the pillow at night and as you drive around, you must have the leadership focus of an expensive compass. You must always be on course. You know where you are heading. You know where your team is heading. Having a plan every day and understanding that adjustments must be made will land the team where they must go.
Speed is another critical variable. Wiki-wiki means speed in Hawaiian. It is a great term, remember wiki-wiki. Have that sense of urgency. It always generates emotion. And emotion always creates motion on the part of the people you are leading. But as the pilots will tell you, adjust your speed. Just like a NASCAR race, be slightly ahead so you have the clean air.
Altitude is the most critical of all. You have to know how to take off, climb, level off, descend, and land without mistakes.
Leadership and flying go hand-in-hand. How many times have you said, “The team just landed a sale!”
On any given flight, passengers put their complete trust in the pilot. Passengers often thank the pilot as they exit the plane by saying things like: “great job; great landing!” and so on.
Stay on course. Adjust your speed. And stay at the right altitude.
Your team must trust you. And they will thank you for the great job.
Happy flying and lead on course with speed and altitude!
Your team will know when you say come fly with me, you mean it!
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