If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams
Top performers don't need to be 'managed', top performers need great leadership - and they'll 'manage' themselves.
If you're spending all of your time 'managing' people, perhaps you need to clean the proverbial house, because great organizations don't just happen.
Great organizations are built on the foundation of great leadership.
Quite simply, great leaders inspire and do not seek to control.
Seriously, I just can't imagine that Richard Branson spends his work days running around, putting out 'fires' and arbitrating employee spats.
And yes, I understand that we're all not destined to become Sir Richard - however, I believe we can all learn a few things in observing and reflecting upon the qualities that make a great leader, great.
Two words immediately come to mind.
Vision and People.
Great leaders have Vision, a strategy to achieve their Vision, and they surround themselves with the 'right' people to drive the Vision from concept to reality.
..."One of the best ways to do this is by hiring excellent people who believe in your company and share your goals, and then by helping them to learn and improve their skills. This isn't optional: If your best people aren't growing in their careers as your business gains traction and expands, they will quickly lose enthusiasm for their work. And before you know it, you'll be dealing with unsatisfied customers as well as unsatisfied employees." Richard Branson - Entrepreneur.com.
So, what's YOUR Vision?
If you and your team can't answer that very critical question, without pause, you've got a problem(s) - In the Assisted Living industry these 'problems' look like turnover, call-outs/no-shows, lack of engagement, employee wars, shift transition issues...
Let me give you a tip - Your vision should be all about your PASSION.
If it's not about PASSION, it's not worth doing -
No matter what the industry, business or endeavor...
Great leadership and great organizations start with Vision and the 'right' People.
Are you on track?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series on Wednesday, May 1, and learn how to, Align your talent strategy with organizational strategy to achieve your Vision.
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