- Leadership and People are the keys to the success of any organization.
- Leaders must show the way, provide the resources to reach the goal, and provide accountability – to be sure that things stay on track
- People bring enthusiasm, energy, talents, ideas, motivation, and…problems
- Your attitudes and outlook as a leader and toward your people will frame every policy decision you make
The Responsibilities Of A Leader
1. KNOW YOUR PERSONALITY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
For you formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:13-14
- Have a realistic appraisal of how God has made you and exercise your leadership based on your own style
- Ask yourself: What is my design? What talent do I bring to the mix in my organization? Who am I? Does the majority of my work match my strengths? These are key questions to ensure you are making the best use of your talents.
- A realistic appraisal of your pluses and minuses can be critical to your long-term success. By having a clear picture of who you are, you are able to lead from your strengths and minimize the negative impact of your weaknesses.
- PROMOTE RESPECT AND DEVELOP TRUST
- One of the best things you can do to ensure a good working environment and improve the bottom line is to display and encourage respect for others.
- Respect is the foundation for good relationships and the key ingredient for trust; and trust is essential to any smooth-running operation.
- Apart from knowing yourself, it is also important for people to know each other in the workplace. The more people are able to discuss openly their strengths and weaknesses, the more they will be willing to be transparent, and transparency is a powerful tool to promote respect and trust.
- By demonstrating respect for others, especially those who are different, you set the example and empower those around you to do the same
- Keeping good communication is the most difficult challenge in any organization; yet it is the lifeblood that enables the various parts to function together as a whole
- Without good communications, people begin to function in isolation. When this happens they are likely to make bad assumptions, which results in a harvest of problems that affect relationships and profits.
- Ask yourself: How well is information flowing in my organization/department? Where are the roadblocks? Who is not passing the word? Make a special effort to see that the information necessary for good decisions is getting to the right people.
- Make conscious effort to be sure you are getting good feedback: The ease with which feedback flows to you is directly related to your willingness to be an open and interested listener. If people think they can share things with you without fear that you will step in and micromanage, then information will be free flowing.
- INVEST IN TRAINING
- The practical truth is that most training should come from the employer. This means you will need to include training in your budget and find people who can do high quality training on an on-going basis.
- One of the key indicators of the top companies on the Fortune 500 is that they invest heavily in training.
- HAVE A CLEAR VISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS
- A clearly defined vision or mission statement can keep you on course and serve as a benchmark to help you evaluate all the opportunities that pop up.
- Knowing what the Lord has called you to do will enable you to stay on course, remain focused on what you do best, and avoid being sidetracked.
- The value of a clear vision is that it provides a standard for evaluating any potential changes in direction.
- A clearly articulated vision statement, shared with your employees, can be the discipline you need to stay on course for the long haul.
- As a leader, one of your key responsibilities is to continually communicate the vision so that everyone, down to the newest person on the payroll, has a clear picture of what you stand for and what you want to accomplish
- By providing a corporate vision and environment that will allow individuals to realize their personal goals and fulfill part of their own missions, you will increase your potential to attract and retain quality people.
- If you are operating your organization on Biblical principles, the value that most people are wanting will be stated in your vision and built into your corporate culture.
- A business operated on biblical principles will be so attractive that it will be a shining light in the community.