How Leaders Direct Change

By May 13, 2009 The Compassionate Edge

It is true that you can extract results from your team by exerting your authority. After all, you are the boss and that means that people have to do what you tell them to do, if they want to keep their jobs.

 

It is truer that you can inspire people and create a climate of self motivation if you have earned the respect and trust of your people.

 

One of the ways you can achieve respect and trust is by being clear on the direction that you are taking the organization. Simple enough, right? This is one of those statements that rolls off the lips so eloquently and easily, yet is quite complex to actually live up to.

 

The first step in the process of clarifying direction is to be clear on where you are now by taking stock of your assets. This will allow you to assess strengths and talents so that you may build on them. Identify weakness and liability so that you can move swiftly to safeguard against them and compensate for them.

 

Part of the art and science of success is to put the most emphasis on strengths and talents rather devoting substantial assets to correcting weaknesses. Your true power and that of your organization lies in your strengths so that is where your energy should be devoted. As for the rest, you must develop a strategy that will bring the weaknesses up to par without taking your focus off what makes you exceptional.

 

Yes you can!

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