A few days ago, Chas introduced you to our Training Tidbit with a blog post talking about the importance of Leverage. Today I wanted to talk about how you about some practical ways that you, as a leader, can leverage your team’s strengths to bring about positive change and success in your business. After all, the best thing we can do for ourselves and our profession is to ensure we’re all operating at our best. As Tom Rath says, “Although individuals need not be well-rounded, teams should be.”
Here are five things you can do to set your practice up for success:
1. Put people first.
Whether they’re your patients, your employees, your peers, or your vendors, you should always put people first. After all, they’re your biggest assets as a leader, and they also will teach you the most. Surround yourself with brilliant people—individuals who are smarter than you at what they do—and then trust them to do it well (without your micromanagement).
2. Be flexible.
Of course you have big goals—the ones that form the overarching premise of what you want to achieve—and you should stick to those. But the smaller goals—the ones you develop along the way to help you get to where you ultimately want to go—you can adapt, change, or even dismiss. Don’t get stuck holding on to something that’s merely a stepping stone. Create a new stone—or tweak the current one—and move forward.
3. Share your vision.
Being forward-looking—“envisioning exciting possibilities and enlisting others in a shared view of the future”—is the second most frequently sought after attribute in a leader (right after honesty), and it is “the attribute that most distinguishes leaders from non-leaders.” Sharing your vision and working collaboratively with your staff to create—and then achieve—company goals will help your team stay engaged and feel like they’re an integral part of the business.
4. Stay passionate.
Your passion will make all the difference in your success. It will light the fire underneath you and propel you to see the bigger picture, to be thoughtful and creative in your approach. Plus, passion is contagious, so you will help inspire those around you—and keep them inspired even if things get hairy.
5. Focus on strengths.
Now for the big one: To help your team members perform at their very best, focus on their strengths, not their flaws. At Master Networks, we believe that you achieve the best results as a leader when you focus on helping your employees make the most of their talents.
What do you think? How do you leverage your team’s strengths to effect positive change in your practice?