Jim Simpson Leadership Series: Volume III
Trust is a major component of leadership. That’s why leadership is about doing the right things. Making effective decisions that adhere to the culture and mission of an organization builds this trust. Great leaders “Walk the Talk”. Their word is their credo. Communication is 87 percent visual. Leaders must be observed doing as promised on a consistent basis. People pay attention to what they see, not what they hear.
Being A Leader
A person can be given the title of manager. They must earn the trust and respect of their team-members to be real leaders. Being a leader requires followers. Team members are not forced to follow, they do it out of trust and respect for the leader. They work hard because they want to please their trusted leader. Leaders pull people along with them, they don’t push them.
The Three C’s
I look at leadership as a three-legged stool, the Three C’s. All three legs must be in place for effective leadership. The first leg is conscience, again a reference to making the right decisions. The second is competence. People won’t follow someone who is incompetent. The third leg is consistency. Followers expect their leader to remain consistent in their behavior and decision making.
A three-legged stool can not stand on one or two legs, it takes all three to be effective.
In our next segment we will take a look at the Three C’s of leadership in more detail. Subscirbe to this blog to follow the Effective Leadership Series by Jim Simpson. Also find out more at www.jsimpsonandassociates.com