The following article was written by Chamber Board Member, Patrick Malone of The PAR Group. In this article, he shares a valuable lesson in leadership.
For decades, experts have said that leadership is an intangible that is un-measureable. But if you look at any great leader, you see that leadership is clearly measurable. Leaders are determined by their followers. No followers. No leader.
In business, leadership occurs at all levels – from the executive suite to the shop floor – and at every level in between. Influential leaders, no matter what title they have or role they play, are those with willing followers.
Leadership is merely getting wholehearted followers for a given course of action. Unfortunately, too many potential leaders ignore followership and focus instead on being more engaging, more convincing, or more interesting. Successful leaders, on the other hand, are interested.
In the extreme, unsuccessful leaders rely on their positional and/or economic power and end up with followers that have agreed, complied or surrendered. This lack of wholehearted commitment never results in optimal business results.
Whole-hearted followers imply leaders have engaged their followers emotionally and intellectually – both in the heart and in the head. Whole-hearted also implies that the follower makes the decision. The follower is the one who decides to give his or her commitment.
Most successful people start their leadership interactions by establishing a common goal. Leaders understand the difference between goals and strategies. Goals are always outcome-oriented, starting with the end in mind. Strategies are plans a leader has for reaching the desired outcome.
Once a common goal has been established, successful leaders follow and connect with their potential followers before taking the lead and inspiring higher, more motivated points of view ending with co-owners of the goal and a commitment to optimal business results.
Successful business leaders join and actively participate in the Blairsville/Union County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on joining the Chamber, please contact our Membership Coordinator, Robin Story at 706-745-5789 or register online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.