LEADERSHIP AND THE INAUGURATION
This past weekend our country just completed the peaceful transition from President Obama to President Trump. Regardless of your political party affiliation, there is a number of leadership principles from which we can learn.
The first takeaway is about creating and communicating a clear Vision for an organization. A Vision does not need to be long, but it does need to be forward looking. It needs to personify and exemplify a core belief that can be carried through by subsequent strategies and actions. Most importantly, a Vision must be properly communicated throughout the organization so everyone embraces the concept. Coupling the Vision with your Mission and Values creates a solid foundation through which an organization can grow.
For every leader, building an effective team is essential to successful growth. Just as the President needs to have his cabinet in place to enact policies, a business leader needs to have his team in place to implement the business strategies. Each member of the team can bring a different skill set and communication style. Even if they disagree about a specific strategy, they must all agree on the overall Vision for the company. For only by working as a team towards that ultimate goal, will success be achieved.
EMBRACING NEW IDEAS
Part of leadership is listening to the input of your team members. Just as our new President listened to both CEO’s and Union leaders to hear the challenges in this business environment, so must a business leader heed the ideas of direct reports and employees. While not all ideas will turn into action items, it is important that some of them do. It is also important that the team knows that their contributions are important to the overall strategy. If an idea is consistent with the Vision, then it should become an enumerated strategy. How and when that strategy is enacted will be a mission for the team as a whole.
All Presidents, past and present, talk about the spirit of the American people. They realize that the power for sustained change rests in the American people. America’s success is dependent on the people’s ability to propel the economy to new heights. By tapping into the spirit of America, Presidents try to uplift our attitudes and our economy.
Business leaders should embrace this same concept when working with their own employees. Having a Vision is not enough to inspire change. Employees must first see the need for change. Then a set of strategies can be communicated in a clear plan so that all employees will embrace the change. Tapping into the overall “company’s emotional state” will help create the sustained change needed.
The United States just inaugurated our 45th President. Fortunately, most American companies do not have that many transitions during their life. As a result, there is usually a more consistent set of principles that a company can follow. However, having a clear Vision leading to New Ideas that embrace Change should be a goal of every Leadership Team. These are some of the core principles of inauguration weekend from which we should all reflect.
About the Author: Garrett Grega is a Certified Business Coach with FocalPoint Business Coaching in Branchburg, New Jersey, where he specializes in reconnecting executives, business owners, and managers with their business passions! He has 20+ years helping international companies launch new products and processes. He previously spent 8 years launching LED lighting products for various lighting companies. His professional experience includes: strategic planning, business development, marketing, and product development. See more at www.garrettgrega.focalpointcoaching.com