ARE YOU AUTHENTIC IN YOUR LEADERSHIP?

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Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a good leader? If you asked that question to a room full of people you would probably get different answers. That is because leadership is complex and situational. Leadership and management is much more complex than mastering an individual job. For that reason and others as well the failure rate of managers is higher than for individual performers.

I had the opportunity a while ago to be part of a group invited to listen to Ken Blanchard discussing building trust, creating positive work cultures, customer loyalty, leadership and organizational change. Ken reinforces some of the values and beliefs that been proven to create positive corporate cultures.

You have it wrong if you consider yourself a leader because you have been placed in charge. On the other hand, a person with no direct reports can be a very effective leader. The reason that is so is that you need to learn how to lead yourself before you can lead others. Moreover, a change in your thinking will create energy and change in your life and you can affect others. Your thinking revolves around seeking to serve. According to Blanchard there are four dimensions of leadership.

Leadership with heart--

This concept of servant leadership is one in which a leader who encourages, supports and enables others. According to Blanchard, a servant leader has humility. Jim Collins, who wrote Good to Great, also concurs that humility and encouragement of others were several of the traits of his “Level 5 Leaders.” Now there is nothing wrong with self-esteem. To be clear people with humility don’t think less of themselves—they think less about themselves.

Leadership with the head--

A good leader is a visionary. A good leader begins with a clear vision that can be explained to others. A visionary role of leadership is one of “doing the right thing.” The other part of leadership is the execution of the vision and that is “doing things right.”

Leadership with the hands—

Leaders use their hands to produce good results. They help their people plan their performance and achieve.   The leader stays with them not to manage but to coach them to reach their full potential. Performance discussions are necessary but not so that you can have a bell-shaped curve. Why do you need a bell-shaped curve in the first place? Don’t you want everyone to be successful at the right job? Blanchard slams those who talk about doing forced ranking. Instead of forcing someone to be a bottom performer why not attempt to lift everyone up.

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Leadership habits--

Developing successful habits and behaviors is the fourth dimension. In my opinion, it is one of the most important. Consistency and accountability includes discipline and maintaining accountability relationships. Persistency and consistency and leading by example each day will change the culture of the organization.  For a similar post on our web site see THE DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS OF LEADERSHIP.

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Grant. Leadership comes in different ways, but without respect, no trust can be established. Enjoy your day!

Oct 14, 2019 03:35 AM #2
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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I think Accountability is a big one Grant, and certianly a Clear Vision to be able explain to others is another top Leadership quality!

Oct 14, 2019 04:26 AM #3
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Sham Reddy CRS
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Thanks for sharing Grant!

The concept of servant leadership is one in which a leader who encourages, supports and enables others. According to Blanchard, a servant leader has humility.

Oct 14, 2019 04:37 AM #4
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Sounds like you enjoyed listening to Ken Blanchard, have always enjoyed his books,musthave been interesting to actually hear him and be ableto ask questions too. Great post and good discussion about leadership.

Oct 14, 2019 05:12 AM #5
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Grant Schneider
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Barbara - that is one problem that comes up--separating personal realtionships from business relationships.

Wayne - trust is built on being dependable and authentic.

Larry and Sheila - yes, accountability all around is so very important.

Sham - thank you.

Nick - his presentation style is not at all staged.  I felt like it was a one to one converstion.

Oct 14, 2019 06:55 AM #6
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Oct 14, 2019 07:15 AM #7
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Brian England
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Being authentic is very important, especially when it comes to being in a leadership role.  So many people these days will tell you what you want to hear and I don't like that.

Oct 14, 2019 07:26 AM #8
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Grant Schneider
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Roy - thank you

Brain - you are right and the real person always comes out.

Oct 14, 2019 07:43 AM #9
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Grant... these leadership traits are also excellent to put into play when working with clients.

Oct 14, 2019 08:49 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Grant - it's been some time since I have heard the name Ken Blanchard.  Some things never go out of style.  

Oct 14, 2019 09:06 AM #11
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Grant Schneider
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Nina - that is very true.  It is about relationship.

Michael - Ken was just as fresh as he ever was.

Oct 14, 2019 09:24 AM #12
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Grant,

Ken Blanchard has been an inspiration for both of us.  I especially liked your last paragraph, and this sentence, "The leader stays with them not to manage but to coach them to reach their full potential. Performance discussions are necessary but not so that you can have a bell-shaped curve.'

Oct 14, 2019 12:56 PM #13
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Hi Grant Schneider,

How very exciting to have the opportunity to hear Ken Blanchard in person. I have read two of his many books.  The One Minute Manager and The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey.  I enjoy his style of writing.

I have always been a big fan of promoting leaders from within. People are identified and coached and trained in the necessary skills to move to the next level. A mentor should be identified to help continue to coach to help the manager avoid the "Peter Principle".  

Oct 14, 2019 01:00 PM #14
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George Souto
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Grand you provide four good examples.  The fist and last are the ones that stand out most for me.

Oct 14, 2019 01:06 PM #15
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James Dray
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Morning Grant.

You need to learn how to lead yourself before you can lead others.  So true

Oct 15, 2019 12:38 AM #16
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Ron and Alexandra -  He is quite an inspiration.  He really gets you thinking about the why and being who you are but understanding service too.

Sheri - I have a number of copies of the One Minute Manager.  Great book.

George - And I feel too that being persistent and consistent will change culture.

James - that is a given.

Oct 15, 2019 05:54 AM #17
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Wonderfully done Grant!!!   Not everyone is a leader/manager. They may know their industry better than anyone else but that's not all that's needed. I learned a lot from watching Larry and how he managed and lead those around him. (don't tell him I said that).

Oct 15, 2019 03:27 PM #18
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Joan Cox
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Grant, have never officially had a "leadership" role, as I am the Broker with no agents, but have led round-table events at the Board on different topics.

Oct 16, 2019 08:11 AM #19
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If you need to get a quick burst of inspiration on what you are teaching click the link above. I am living this all the time for Individuals who really need it. Thanks

Oct 16, 2019 08:53 AM #20
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Grant Schneider
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Kathy - no I won't say a word.  You are right that knowledge of industry is not nearly enough.

Joan - that is it!  You are a leader!  You don't need the title.

 

Oct 17, 2019 08:42 AM #21
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