Our society is yearning for a new breed of leaders, a set of leader that will take us out of the “every man for himself” mindset our society finds itself.
We need leaders that unite and forge solutions with determination that are harvested in collaboration.
The bottom line can no longer be the sole standard in which we operate. This new generation in the workforce is calling for their work to have meaning, to have impact, to reap intrinsic rewards that go beyond just the number in our bank accounts. We no longer need just leaders; we need a new breed: The Conscious Leader.
The Conscious Leader can be anyone who chooses to take ownership. Ownership of a business, organization or even a cause.
John Quincy Adams is quoted as saying “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Are you ready to inspire? Do you want to instill passion in others for a shared goal or value? Are you ready to make an impact on the world around you?
Here are 5 steps that will not only allow you to lead more effectively but truly learn the ways to lead your organization, group, team or individuals to go above and beyond for a shared purpose.
- Be the example you want to see. If you want your team to have certain values or ideals to strive for, you must adhere to them yourself first! Being consistent with this once a value is established is key if you want others to continue to practice and embody that value.
- Communicate early and often. If everyone on one team is unclear about the goal, nothing will get done. Transparency is crucial. Deadlines, expectations, and goals cannot be implemented if they are not communicated early and often to those involved. When communication is not only clear but open for input we can engage team members to take ownership of the goals, improving overall effectiveness of the goal and engagement in each team member.
- Team member equality. When working together on a project it is important to view each team members as equal and important parts of the whole. Keeping the ego in check is difficult but crucial. Each team member has expertise and experience in different areas and each is important when attempting to reach a common goal. Make sure to acknowledge ideas and give credit where it’s due. This will further enhance your teams’ productivity, engagement and excitement for the project.
- Seek shared gains, not personal ones. Competition breeds unhappiness, demoralization and demotivation. It also makes work and projects less enjoyable! You don’t want to lose the values that you’ve worked so hard to infuse into your company or team. Make sure that everyone on the team is working toward a shared common goal and keeping that goal in mind. We are stronger when we are unified on a common cause.
- Look for growth opportunities everywhere. Our minds are very quick to perceive a situation as good or bad (more on that in our next post!). But I urge you to step back from those quick judgments and instead of seeing an idea, a person, a situation or a project as “good” or “bad,” instead, look at it as a learning experience or a growth opportunity. No matter where you go, knowledge is yours to keep. Every project is a new opportunity to grow and expand who you are and the way you relate to the world around you.
Your team, your company, and the world is looking for you, Conscious Leader! Will you step up to the challenge? People are yearning to be developed, accepted, valued.
As John Quincy said, if you’re ready to inspire others to dream, learn, do and become more and you’re ready to step up and become a conscious leader, then call us. MissionLaunch is ready to help take your company or you to the next level, to help you invest in your people so that together you can dream, do and become so much more.