Leadership lessons through a Metaphor

So much has evolved in the past few years. The best ways of running a sustainable enterprise have also changed. Successfully managing diversity will be your ambitious power in 2020. Every bookstore or library shelf has an abundant number of leadership books from the theoretical to the practical and everything in between. Find a book on how to lead from a diverse perspective. This will help you particularly if you are thinking about moving your organisation to be more productive and efficient, but not knowing where or how to start.

While not everyone is cut out to be a leader, not everyone can or wants to be a follower all the time. It is usually the blend of the smartest, most effective, and efficient way to build and sustain your business, team, and productivity. Choreographing your leadership and how your employees go about completing their daily work, may need some more work which we will explore below.

Leaders need to recognize if a change they are proposing requires essentially technical expertise, or expresses a more extensive, adaptive challenge. The key to success is to accurately identify which type of hurdle leaders are facing and then continue to orchestrate the change based on whether the type of change they are facing is a technical or an adaptive challenge.

When evolving or leading your business, it is necessary to regularly take the time to think where you want to be and what is changing around you rather than always being bogged down in (with) the details. Applying the “getting off the dance floor” comparison, consuming less time dancing, and more time staring down from the balcony at the dancers to evaluate whether there is a better way to do things. On the Dance Floor, you can find yourself in motion, consumed in the day to day running of your business. On the “Balcony”, you can take a step back from the parts and take a more apparent, more decisive view of what is going on in your business. Employing regular time in the Balcony is necessary for you to see what you need to do in order to grow or lead your business.

Return to the dance floor if you want to influence what is happening. Staying on the balcony for short periods of time to give you a diverse perspective is great.

Equip your people to be able to provide feedback, opinions, and suggestions without fear of bullying or being ignored. Provide frequent opportunities to hear what they are imagining, feeling, and how they react to current trends and issues concerning their work.

Many leaders modify their actions according to their answers from their employees. A masterful leader knows that their leadership is a work in process and that their capacity to manage and lead depends on many circumstances and conditions. Continuous monitoring and validating observations and opinions of others is a good barometer for leaders.

Leaders that promote and practice emotional intelligence seek feedback when it comes to operations and attitudes may find they actually get it if they are responding to improvement(s).

The notion that leadership involves “I know where we are going just follow me”; or “I’ll bring in the best experts and then follow me” is definitely inappropriate to adaptive circumstances and puts tremendous pressure on people in authority to fake it and provide quick technical fixes that tend to avoid the more important questions.

Taking a balcony aspect is hard especially when you have been leading from down below. When you break away, step back and you will see the big picture.

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