The Strategic Shift Approach
A third example of leadership modeling is about managing a strategic shift from being a traditional box-moving wholesaler with limited growth prospects to a logistics powerhouse that provides significant value in the supply chain.�
Strategy is said to be obvious once you’ve had it explained.� It is also said that customers don’t see strategy, they only see execution.�
This model like the other examples platform a strong sense of curiosity about other companies and how to apply lessons learned in their own organizations.� The answers needed for major change and organizational renewal lie outside the enterprise and effective leaders using this model are able to take prior “lessons learned” and on-going bench marking to generate success.
Over ninety percent of the reasons companies fail can be traced to ineffective leadership.� It’s not because of the economy and it is not because of the competition. It is a failure to learn.�� Effective leaders overcome these obstacles, and look down the road at what needs to be done to grow with the current model or change it once the model is no longer �grow-able. Attention is paid to the lessons learned.
What is a High Impact Leader?
High impact leaders, regardless of their personal model demonstrate a curiosity that can not be satisfied without personal examination of what exactly were the causes of any failure to meet expectations. Non-performance is just not acceptable. Leadership is a key in every instance to creating an attitude, structuring an environment and developing employees as the very essence of success.
Although individual leadership models differ in some specific approaches, the common thread that links every model together is respect for the individual employee and the willingness and ability to listen with an understanding that embellishes their own leadership contribution to the organization. Best practices are a part of every successful leadership model but best practice alone will not create the level of success demonstrated by the high impact upper quartile performers.
Effective leaders create a culture where employees can express themselves and fight for what is right; employees become responsibly fanatical about aligning their resources to add value to the customer and the company. That’s what high impact leadership is all about.
Effective Leaders Don’t Have To Know It All
A mistake many leaders make is the self imposed responsibility to have all the answers. This is just not true. It is okay to admit to not having all the answers. Good leaders are willing to show their imperfections. Surround yourself with a solid executive team and you don’t need all the answers. No one expects perfection, just leadership. Being President doesn’t grant you supreme knowledge.
Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment.� Warren Bennis, leadership scholar believes American corporations are over managed and under led. Great leaders get exceptional efforts from their employees simply because they recognize that they don’t have to have all the answers. Knowing this they make a concerted effort to leverage the intelligence, the creativity and the innovation of their employees.
For this process to be successful, effective leaders must have a vision and they must communicate that vision with crystal clarity.� A visionary leader has a clear sense for the future with the ability to turn their vision into results. This could not be accomplished if they let their ego get in the way. Communication is critical to the process used to inspire others to act.