Sunday, March 29, 2015
PEOPLE WANT A LEADER THAT IS ENGAGED!
PEOPLE WANT A LEADER THAT IS ENGAGED; SOMEONE WITH THE ALLIGATOR SKIN TO KNOW WHEN TO MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS; PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW!
By John R Hernandez@NDMH-2015 (Excerpt from my book LEAD;)
A LEADER HAS TWO INNATE QUALITIES; VISION AND THE ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN THE CREATION OF IDEAS!
No leadership is not just about people. Leadership is about having to make tough choices at the right time. Whether they're about layoff's, cutbacks, streamlining, geographical moves. In effect keeping the company afloat. Too many decision makers spoil the soup. But, the wrong decisions at the wrong time can sink a ship. When your people will fall behind you and follow you through the Red Sea? That means you have a dedicated and committed team aboard. But, if the leader does not know how to lead or when to lead you're in trouble. Everyone, has to be on the same page.
That is why periodic information sessions are paramount to keeping everyone abreast of; sales trends, profits-loses, expectations upswings-downswings, resource analysis, and expectations on manpower needs short and long term. You know the office party was nice, everyone came, but your the boss not the buddy. And you must be expected to make the tough decisions. There are some companies that have someone aboard with the alligator skin to know when to say no, when to say go, when to stay stop let's make a turn here. People trust someone who can call the shots with a straight face and still keep them engaged. As if it was their company, too. So, yes, but people follow a leader and not the other way around.
Guys on the field need someone to direct their actions, to hold them accountable. What just happened with one of the most important and yet most top secret organizations in the US? I'll give you a hint; they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. All night sex parties, drinking binges, hiring out and catering to individuals of disrepute. To engage in acts unbecoming officers sworn to protect the man and lady behind this nation's highest office. Imagine you being caught in that mess? People matter, but without the right leadership people have been known to sink better ships. Think about 2008, trading in commercially backed instruments whose paper was worth zero as much as the leverage that was supposed to be backing them.
Think about hundreds of sales people, bankers, loan officers, brokers, and too many others who made the same mistake. Ask your self can I afford to made the same mistake? Yes, people matter. People are always important in more ways than one. But, people who lack the leadership to propel them forward, to be up front and honest more times than often? Are the people that will make or break a company or organization. People motivate sales, engage in kingdom building, will take a bullet for you if need be, they are in the forefront each and every day making money for you. So yes they matter! But, without vision my people perish!
No one that I ever knew became a millionaire from one day to the other without VISION.
It takes a giant to make the kinds of decisions that help propel a company; to keep it standing on one leg. Even when everyone else is crying, 'enough already'. Giants believe, they see what's ahead. When all others are still wondering what their next move is going to be? The giant has already planned out the next week or two, or month of IDEAS!
Posted by John R at 1:20 PM