Honoured to be interviewed by Asia Pacific Associate Editor, for Entrepreneur.com Aashika Jain. In this article I cover what makes a good leader and why culture is so important. Enjoy!
Great Leaders Only Serve Their Teams says This Leadership Advisor You are only as good as the people around you, says Mark Bilton. Leading 40 countries as the Group Managing Director of one of the most popular coffee chains in the world is no cake walk. When it comes to culture, strategy and transformational change, Mark Bilton raises his hand as among the best in the world.
The word authenticity is derived from the same Greek word as author. Becoming an authentic leader requires day-to-day focus and lifelong commitment to self-discovery. Many executive coaching programs seem to emphasize personality more than character. People are often coached on how to act instead of how to be. This charm school approach produces only superficial, short-term results. With sufficient stress, all the old patterns usually return.
This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense. When I was a CEO I used the same mechanism and believe me it is highly effective; you can’t talk about empowerment and decision making if you’re still telling people how to dress in the morning. If they are good enough to work for you they can probably work that out! Here is Bill Murphy Jr, executive editor of operations, Some Spider, and founder, ProGhostwriters.com’s take on the issue. (Origanally appraered in Inc.com. It’s about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years–the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down with bureaucratic minutiae. And it’s about how it wound up with a dress code running only two words long.
We’ve all heard before that change is the only constant in life. Well one of the biggest jobs of a leader is to navigate their team through change. Whether your leadership style is servant-, relationship-, participatory-, or transformational- based (or a combination) leading others to actionable results is an unwieldy task. There is a big gap between pronouncing that change is needed and then actually affecting change. What’s involved? What mindsets are required? Natalie Nixon Principal of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC writing here for Inc.com, asked 6 leaders with a diverse range of leadership styles their perspective on what it takes for a leader to affect change. Here below are their thoughts.
Benjamin P. Hardy is a contributor, for Inc.com. here he asks some pertinent questions about your leadership potential. Are you unstoppable or average? Do you get derailed by prior success? Are you thinking linearly or exponentially? In short what are the things unstoppable people do compared to the rest of us; Do you do these 10 things?
1. Don’t get crushed by success.
“Success can become a catalyst for failure.” – Greg McKeown
Wouldn’t it be nice if your staff could handle things by themselves without asking you to be the final arbiter on every decision? Wouldn’t it be nice if your team could solve problems as they arise, taking more ownership and freeing you up to focus on growing the business? Imagine if they found ways to increase sales, reduce expenses, and preempt problems all on their own. Imagine if they took initiative to explore what markets your company should expand into. Or if they came to you with ideas for breakthrough products. Imagine if they not only participated in the company culture, but also participated in growing the company culture and grooming the next generation of company leaders. Great questions asked by By David Finkel Co-author of, ‘Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back’, writing here for Inc.
Great insight on what works and what doesn’t for bosses, by Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder, of Leadership From the Core, writing here for Inc: Bosses that establish power and control over their people and processes with a carrot-and-stick approach to motivation certainly get results and have succeeded for decades. These bosses, however, are also notorious for killing intrinsic motivation and turning good, smart, and creative employees into order takers who will quickly disengage from their work.
“I think it’s pretty fair to say that most of us want to be considered a successful leader. However, what worked in the past won’t work now. Rapid change requires agile leaders who think differently and can adapt to the changing times”, says Performance Strategist, Laura Garnett, writing for Inc. We agree wholeheartedly!
Peter Drucker famously said: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The quote was actually attributed to him and made famous in 2006 by Mark Fields, chief executive at Ford. Twelve years later, it’s corporate-speak for purpose-led and human-centered businesses, and truth is, culture eats strategy for lunch and dinner too. The premise held by Drucker is that a company’s culture will trump any effort by a management team to enforce a strategy that is incompatible with that culture. In the end, it’s culture that wins. Here is one of my favourite writers, Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder, of Leadership From the Core, writing for Inc on why culture wins.
When Alan Mulally became the CEO of Ford in 2006, the motor company’s market share was plummeting. The problem was internal: Teams weren’t communicating or working towards a unified vision. Mulally turned that around with his leadership. Taking a look at that case and others, Carlos Dominguez, President, of Sprinklr comments here for Inc.