One of the main points of focus here at RoofCoachPRO is the importance of GREAT Leadership. There are leaders in Sports, the Military, Government (Not so much lately, but back in the day…), and all around us in our friends and coworkers. Why do we look at these people as leaders? They all have 6 qualities in common. We call these the 6 E’s for Effective Leaders…
Great leaders set the example. They don’t ask someone to do something that they can’t, won’t, haven’t, or aren’t willing to do themselves. They model what they want their team to be and are consistent with their treatment of others. The best leaders know that everyone is watching them and constantly being analyzed if they should be followed or not. Setting a great example leads to a great team that wants to follow you.
“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”
― Henry David Thoreau
Great leaders understand the importance of education and that it is the foundation to the success of their team. They work hard to train and supply the knowledge necessary for their team to beat the competition. Leaders also know the value of self-education and are constantly working to add to their own knowledge to improve themselves and those who follow them. They also know that education alone does not make one successful.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Great leaders engage their followers. They are consistent with “checking in” with their team and “checking up” on them to see where continued coaching and education can improve their skills. A true leader seeks out his followers to investigate into how they are doing and listens to their feedback so he/she can improve themselves. By Engaging with those we have spent so much time Educating we let them know that we care about them.
“Attitude is a little thing, that makes a big difference.”
– Winston Churchill
Great leaders are able to encourage their followers in a variety of different ways. They are able to get their team to see the same vision and believe in that vision passionately. Exceptional leaders know just the right time and the right words to say to positively impact someone’s productivity. They spend as much time noticing the positives as they do correcting the negatives. Encouragement inspires people to do things they didn’t believe they could do.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
– Vince Lombardi
Great leaders see the value in empowering their people. They know that by giving responsibility to others it allows them to delegate tasks to others to free up their time. They also realize that by doing so they build self confidence in their team. One of the best things about empowerment is that fresh ideas come to the game that can help the whole team succeed. True leaders recognize that success and give credit where credit is due. When an individual on a team is recognized for his/her contribution, the rest of the team will hunger for the same recognition, causing a snowball effect of great ideas. Empowerment builds confidence to do what others can’t.
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
– George S. Patton
Finally, great leaders set expectations and hold their team accountable to those expectations. This trait is the toughest one for most leaders. The previous 5 traits are all about loving, serving, and caring for those who follow us. That makes it tough when someone on the team doesn’t meet expectations. We must hold individuals accountable or the whole team will suffer. In truth, after affording an individual every opportunity to succeed and they continue to fail, the most loving, serving and caring thing you can do for them is let them go pursue another opportunity. By continuing to allow them to not meet expectations you are doing them and your entire team a disservice which leads to poor leadership and the demise of your role as that leader.
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”
– Stephen R. Covey
Leaders do exactly that, they lead, they do not follow. This doesn’t mean they are a tyrant, it means they are the first to act and they act with the best interest of their team in mind.
By incorporating the 6 E’s of Effective Leadership you will have a team that will go into battle with you always expecting to win!