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?
Posted on Sunday, 09 Mar 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Entrepreneurship, Leader, Leadership, Management, Mission, Mission Command, Relaxed, Task, Team. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.