First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst. DALE CARNEGIE
All organizations are different. And every leader is unique. But the opportunities and challenges of both goals and objectives are the catalyst and the commonality for today’s complex activities. It makes sense, as Mr. Carnegie suggests above, that taking each challenge for what it is, makes each day an exciting bridge to success.
Challenges exist for all leadership. In fact, challenge is the foundation for any leadership activity. Let’s look at the five challenges that leadership in Michigan and in the country face as we close 2011 and head into 2012.
- Keeping the Team Productive: It takes a “c” as key to productivity. The focus on culture, climate (morale), commitment, cause and contributions are integral to achieving results.
- Empowering and not Micromanaging: Let go. Let work. Having your hand in everything that is going on is not only time consumptive, it is unnecessary.
- Maintaining Value and Honesty: Is there a moment in the news when a leader is not caught up in a mess and not forced to fib out of it? Maintaining value and honesty is a big challenge today. No one can hide any more.
- Alignment, Alliance, and Collaboration: There is an anonymous ancient African proverb that states this, “no one is truly a person until he or she is with other people.” It does take a team to make progress.
- Correct and Accurate Vision: This is probably the biggest leadership challenge. Humans are mistake prone. The best of us make a lot of mistakes. The strategy is to continually build on message based on the multitude of variables that surround the organization. Leaders can adjust team success.
There is a rainbow of challenges within leadership today. But there is gold at the end of every rainbow.
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