Every leader in Michigan carries baggage. The best ones out there have only great things in their bags, but some leaders carry a mixed array of tools, both good and bad. No matter the contents, there are some true indispensables within those bags of leadership that will help organizations grow as they head to the New Year and the challenges of the first quarter.
- Planning: While many leaders are bottom-line, take charge, and results driven, it is a very good thing when they plan results. Knowing where the organization is heading, combined with a degree of innovation, is a solid steering mechanism to counteract pure reaction to problems and issues.
- Passion: The best leaders are true success agents. The combination of opportunity and enthusiasm is a powerful and effervescent blend. Passion helps recognize human potential and the talent capital needed to grow.
- Integrity: There is nothing more important than reputation, especially in this transparent age of instant news and information. The lack of professional integrity is just a tweet away from everyone in the organization; if leadership begins the day and finishes the night with integrity, people in the organization become vehicles for investment.
- Honesty: When people do well, there is a time for praise and appreciation. When people need support to improve, the sincerity of feedback with deep respect will give individuals direction and a new opportunity.
Leaders always need to support processes that involve success. As Carnegie training in the past has suggested, balancing leadership with people, process, doing, and leading are indispensably essential as we head into the future. These are the strategies for leadership growth!
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