Machen MacDonald: Lead from LIGHT
December 2, 2018
To evolve as a successful leader to a leader of significance we must learn to shine our authentic light.
Regardless of the title underscoring our name on a business card or the amount of leadership events that populate our time line, we are all leaders in our lives to varying degrees.
This fact is not going away any time soon. So, why not become the best leader we can? To raise our leadership game let's follow five common denominators found in highly effective leadership. Think of this as leading from LIGHT:
L — Lead by example: Effective leaders endeavor to be what they desire to appear. They model the behavior and values they expect of those they lead. This is not about doing the work we hire others to do. This is about elevation. As an example, whatever our role is, we must perform it in a way that passes the expectations of others if we want the people on our team to step it up. Model effective behavior from a bigger stage and let your people watch. It will transfer to the level they need to perform their best.
I — Implement with intention: Successful leaders segment the episodes of their day by being intentional and focused on getting the most important things done during each particular segment. This minimizes overwhelm and allows us to summon the energy and focus to bring our best performance. This leads to achieving desired outcomes. Those achievements provide the energy for the next segment and so on.
G — Give and give some more: Inspiring leaders know that giving is not done until it is overdone. They pay attention to the needs of their people and show their people how to ask for what they need and how to get their needs met so they can get the job done. In just about every leadership book written they talk about two primary roles of a leader. However, they may say it differently, they all mean the same two things: 1. Provide the resources for your people to do their best and 2. Eliminate the distractions and roadblocks that keep them from doing their best. Giving and giving some more is exactly that.
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H — Hear with heart: Loving leaders hear beyond the spoken words. They listen for needs, desires, hopes, and dreams so they can help facilitate those realizations for the people they lead. By doing so they are empowered to hold their people accountable to a higher standard than that which they may have even initially thought is possible. The effective leader trusts people will live up to their hearts and find their way to performing beyond currently imagined limitations.
T — Think of others always: Conscious leaders continually build an ongoing awareness of intended and unintended impacts and consequences of their words and actions. They own their power and recognize its effect on others. They may take themselves lightly while they realize the gravity of a situation. However, they calibrate the authority and influence they may possess to create a balance of compassion and direction that affects others profoundly.
A leader's number one job is to grow their people, so the people can grow the organization.
This week, use the leadership grow LIGHT with the people you lead.
Make it up, make it fun, and get it done!
#1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonald is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 530-273-8000
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