In management theory, certain concepts from yesteryear no longer hold true. Like, for example, the idea that people must be driven to perform. Writing here for Inc, Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder of Leadership From the Core gives his take own the upside nature of empowered leadership.
Over the years, I’ve learned that driving people (as if they were cattle or cars, steering them wherever we want them to go) no longer holds a favorable place in collaborative work cultures.
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!
What happens when you’ve successfully completed a big round of fundraising, launched a popular new product or otherwise uncorked some revenue magic. “Welcome to hypergrowth”, says Tim Schigel, Founding Partner of Refinery Ventures and guest writer for this Entrepreneur.com article.
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.