Effective Leaders trust the plan, adjust when necessary.
Throughout my life as a parent, a player and professional and college coaching career I have witnessed and experienced firsthand, many different successful leadership methods.
Micro-managing, loud and boisterous, arrogant and unapproachable, combative and obsessive to name a few, are some of the negative methods that have worked.
Unfortunately, these methods are sometimes attractive to those who live in the world of instant gratification and pander to the hard-handed, “success now or be fired” approach.
From the outside, these approaches make the leader appear tough and powerful. There are certainly times when changes need to be made.
Authentic Leaders Don’t Take These Decisions Lightly
A leader who constantly makes changes on his staff might have forgotten the impact the changes have on the human level of wives and families. He should also look at his own hiring process if he is making that many mistakes.
When leaders put the passion into hiring their staff and have confidence in their decisions, it’s important to give the staff the necessary time to teach, coach and inspire the players on the journey. It takes both talent and leadership to win. You would not win one without the other.
Authentic leaders trust the plan, adjust when necessary, embrace the journey, develop future leaders, strive and die to their goal, but continually increase the quality of their team’s life as well.
A delicate balance that can only be achieved through an authentic leader’s mentality.
Authentic leaders understand that once one goal has been achieved there is another waiting.
Therefore, the journey, the process and relationships along the narrow road and difficult way, is the real game.
- Keep your team engaged and invested in the journey
- Acknowledge each and every success along the path
- Use each setback as a lesson from which to learn
- Have the confidence in yourself as a leader to allow input from your team to keep everyone involved and create a sense of ownership in the process
Winning the Championship is the ultimate goal for an authentic leader. Understanding that it is in the doing, not what has been done that leads to a championship mindset.
The Book of Proverbs states ‘There is one who makes himself rich yet has nothing, and one who makes himself poor and comes to great riches.’
In other words, one says “look what I have done!” and ends up with nothing but themselves and one who keeps on giving no matter the cost and comes to great riches.
Develop a championship mindset that will bring great riches.
Riches meaning joy, satisfaction, and peace in the doing.
It is also stated in Chronicles 15:7, ‘Be strong and of good courage for there is reward for your work.’
Authentic leaders who understand the real game is not always wins and losses or the bottom line on a spreadsheet, will not only win championships but are champions in the process! No matter your level of leadership or coaching, let’s strive to become authentic leaders.