Being a Leader is something we can all learn.
Looking forward to a strong finish in New Business, Payroll Management, and Claims/Safety. Three must have performance areas for the next 2-3 months.
I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving Weekly Update by Steffan. It’s one of my annual favorites for automotive job opportunties. Like waiting up for Santa on Christmas!
This week’s update is about Leadership. If you look at my book shelves at home or in my office, you’ll find that most are books on Leadership; about Leadership; books written by great leaders; and/or books written about great leaders. Reading these kinds of books is where I spend a majority of my time, because I believe that “Leadership is the skill most needed” and I believe it’s a skill that you can learn. We are all different, but we also can all learn different ways to become a better leader. While all of these areas are important, I believe the ability to lead is more important than strategy, degrees, personality, technology, marketing, financial structures, or anything else. Being a better leader is critical for each of us as individuals and for organizations as a whole. I’ve never been accused of being the most charismatic or inspirational kind of guy, so thankfully knowing and learning a little about how to be a better leader helps me catch up!!!!
Below are 9 Tips from one of my life mentors. Bob gave a speech over 20 years ago that included these helpful leadership tips and I believe they are as important today as they were then, especially for automotive job opportunities.
1. Don’t wait to react to change. Initiate it, and you can manage it.
2. You have to sell your decisions. Making the decisions is easy; implementing it is hard. You will need others to buy into the decision before you can execute it.
3. Ordinary people don’t know everything. Surround yourself with a team of people who can contribute. And, demand results. Don’t tolerate mediocrity, incompetence, or a bad apple.
4. Be ready to risk what may be yours for the benefit of the whole. Sometimes, it takes personal sacrifice to make the extraordinary happen.
5. Keep your eye on the target and don’t be overwhelmed.
6. Think big. Don’t be afraid to expand your horizons.
7. Don’t doubt in the dark what you saw in the light. (similar to what we heard last week!) keep your faith in what you are doing, even in tough circumstances.
8. Nourish loyalty. It is a rare commodity.
9. It’s the people side, not the dollar side of the equation, that makes the difference.
Lessons from 20+ years ago, but still like a fine wine. Even better with age!
Have a great week!
Always wanted to be like a nice Cabernet!!!