VIBRANCE: Vibrant Organizations Require Vibrant Leaders
John Maxwell says, “everything rises and falls on leadership.”
Insert a toxic, static leader into a healthy organization and you can quickly gum up the works. Become a static, stuck leader and a healthy, vibrant organization will become static and stuck as well.
Growing, vibrant organizations are led by growing, vibrant leaders.
Leadership vibrance requires constant attention on the part of the leader. As soon as you’ve leveled up and mastered an increased leadership capacity, new challenges arise and a greater capacity is required. So, leadership vibrance is a moving challenge. It isn’t an X on the map. Vibrance is moving, increasing target that changes with time and circumstance.
Here are some thoughts on becoming or remaining:
- Read. Leaders are readers. Constant exposure to new ideas, perspectives, and how other leaders and figures address challenges, not only gives you new ideas. But, reading also increases your capacity for critical thinking.
- Regular 360 degree reviews. This shouldn’t be a once per year type of event. It should be frequent. It should be an environment. Every leader should be open to feedback from any one, including peers, subordinates, managers, and customers/clients/members. It can be humbling if you view it as an announcement of deficiency. But, if you view the feedback as identification of areas that can improve, it’s like having a free professional development consultant. At Life Pointe, every week in staff meeting, we accomplish this with a process we call Right, Wrong, Missing, and Confusing. We point out those issues and the person responsible for the win or loss and either celebrate it or correct it.
- Cross pollinate. Don’t only read materials in your discipline. But, get outside of it and read and learn elsewhere. Group think impacts every discipline. The result is a lot of material authors tend to parrot one another. Immunize yourself from group think by learning from disciplines other than just your own.
- Establish healthy boundaries. Work hard. Rest hard. Play hard. Be careful not to let each area cheat the other. If work undermines your family, something is going to be unhealthy ultimately making everything unhealthy.
- Say “no” to things. This is also a boundaries issue. A “no” to one thing is a “yes” to something else. If you say “yes” to everything, nothing is important. There is no focus, no mission. Your NO is a statement of value.
- Make people responsible. Be responsible. If a task is called for, one person, a singular person needs to be responsible for it. Someone needs to lose sleep over it’s success or failure. If more than one person is ultimately responsible, no one is responsible. Or, one person will become responsible…and potentially frustrated at the lack of clarity and the inordinate amount of responsibility dumped on them without their consent up front.
- Hustle! When I was 13, my neighbor, old Mr. Runnels would sit with me and share this story: ”Travis, I learned that I wasn’t the smartest or the strongest. But, if I got up a little earlier, worked more diligently, and stayed just a little bit later, I could out-hustle the people who were smarter than me.” I have learned that to be absolutely true. Hustle is something I always look for in leaders. I won’t work with lazy people…for long.
- Be passionate! This is the trump card. If you believe in something, whether you are presently and fully tooled for it, you can collect the tools and the people and the expertise to accomplish the leadership ability to lead vibrantly and effectively. You will have the drive to learn, grow, develop teams, and execute.
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