Since most individuals in positions of leadership revolve around plans, programs and goals, it is essential to set them up correctly.
Most of us have been cautioned about the dangers indicated in the word assumption and the risk of making a fool out of me and you! As accurate as that is for all of us, it is even more so when it comes to leaders. Therefore using the mnemonic strategy, let’s review some of the dangers of false assumptions.
- Facts: How do you separate facts from fiction and avoid feeling something to be right because someone else told you so? Don’t depend upon someone else’s reviews but rather look at the raw data and ask relevant questions until you are convinced whether something is reliable.
- Attitude: Just like it is risky to rely on false assumptions, it is equally dangerous to believe someone who continuously considers you wrong. Proceed with a concrete can-do attitude and pay attention to the process, diagnosis and potential ramifications. Continuously train, learn and enhance your skills.
- Lessons: When one makes false assumptions, it lessens the ability to proceed most desirably. Ask yourself what lessons you can learn from every experience and situation.
- Solution: If you want to be an active and meaningful leader, you will need to develop a system that works. Know your organization and your weaknesses and strengths and use the advantages efficiently while effectively addressing and removing the flaws. A true leader must seek solutions that address needs and preferences to create, develop and execute a long-lasting quality operation.
- Empathy: While a true leader does all he can to accomplish the highest degree of excellence, he must be sure what he deems to be a fact is indeed one. Disburse all your efforts to continue with the empathy your constituents deserve.
A leader can’t let inaccurate facts or incorrect opinions get in the way of delivering to the best of his abilities. Use the acronym above wisely before you take any crucial decisions as a leader.