How relaxed is your Leadership?

  • Are the type of leader that is relaxed or on edge all the time?
  • Is your team nervous around you?
  • Do you allow your team to get on with the job?

When it comes to leadership, I have had leaders that seem quite relaxed most of the time and then I have had leaders that always have a urgent issue that needs to be dealt with. In the later case these leaders if we are not careful will create a panic through the whole organisation. During my army training I was told “Don’t run, it creates panic in the soliders.” I must admit that this is true. If the leader is on edge all the time, the organisation will reflect this. This will be reflected through increased stress in the organisation and also a focus on the short term over the long term.

The relaxed leader I find is able to do this through a term the army calls “Mission Command”. The leader allocates a mission to their team member, assigns the responsibility, assigns resources and then allows the team member to come up with a plan and implement the plan. With a reporting schedule in place a leader can then be more relaxed and allow the team to bring out the best for themselves and the mission. I have found when working with a leader in this category I have not only achieved better outcomes, but I have also learnt more and developed my skills more.

Of course there are times when you need a greater sense of urgency and this may reflex on the leader as being less relaxed. However as a principle a more relaxed approach to leadership will bring out the best in your team and also produce better outcomes. Being relaxed in leadership is not being laissez faire about leadership. As a leader you will still need to ensure that you are across the important indicators and you are also driving the direction of the team. As a leader you work with your team to bring out the best in them and also utilise their skills and strengths in the achievement of the mission.

  • How can you bring out the best in your team this week?
  • What supports can you put in place to better support your team?
  • What are the key indicators that you need to be across in the leadership of your team?

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Sunday, 09 Mar 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Swell post! The type of leader you identified reminds me of one of the best bosses I worked for. He gave people enough space to strategise, maneuveur and execute but always with a defined end goal and time line without ever getting into minute-to-minute or day-to-day details.He motivated us to be better than what we thought we could be.

    • Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you are talking about an awesome leader. How did he make you feel? How was morale and motivation in the organisation?

      • Hi Attila – Thanks for replying. Yes, he was a terrific leader. His favourite saying: Do What is Right.

        And this was not something he just said for being politically correct but because he firmly believed it and followed it himself. None of us worked under him but worked with him, together. We were a team and he empowered each of us to take informed decision and follow through on our beliefs.

        Our company went through some difficult times due to the economic downturn but he kept us focused on the long-term goal and not get distracted by the numbers. It worked. While some of the other teams disintegrated our team worked together to fight it out.

        Felt proud to work with such a leader, even prouder to be trusted, and believe me so did the rest of our team.

      • Thank you for the reply. He really sounds like an awesome boss. Not just someone great to work for, but also someone to aspire too.

  2. To me the fundamental concept of ‘Being an effective leader’ seems to be a detached, ‘outside one’s own self’ set of values. I would choose to use the term “value free” to explain this. My understanding of this term is aspects and life principles that rise above and beyond that in which we may see immediate benefit or value accruing to ourself. Integrity and authenticity are values which allow for trust, transparency of intention and commitment and the inner courage to show up as who we are and what we believe in. Being committed to something larger than our own selves shifts us into the realm of a higher vision and away from immediate self centered and selfish thoughts. Passions released from such a shift are empowering and sustainable. ‘Being cause in the matter of everything’ is about our perspective shift as we take complete responsibility and visualize action steps rather than frittering our energy on blame and regrets.


    • Hi Shakti

      I agree with you about being an effective leader is being value based. I would add that these values need to be based on correct principles. It is important that we align our values with principles. Just the same way that we can fly, however need to understand the law of gravity.

      Thank you for sharing,



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