“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader,” John Quincy Adams.
Recently we at Influence Health had the opportunity to watch a half day simulcast, Live 2 Lead, from The Maxwell Leadership series.
As I was watching, surrounded by my peers, coworkers and leaders from all departments throughout the company, I realized that beyond just our professional development, the leadership principles we were learning would be useful to our readers and clients too. Regardless if you’re a Web Specialist, Marketing Manager, Service Line Director, C-suite executive, or any position in between, you have opportunities to exercise leadership that could help shape your organization and even improve the health of your population. Leadership isn’t just about telling someone what to do, it’s about motivating them to do their best, to do the right thing. And if we can motivate our co-workers and patients to do the right thing for their health through our leadership, we can really make a difference.
There were 4 main speakers who presented on their experiences, tips, and theories on leadership. Leadership is a learned skill, and as with everything, practice improves our abilities. Here are some things I loved learning and being reminded of when it comes to the ever so important topic of leadership.
Simon Sinek was one of the guest speakers, and he spoke on the importance of trust, empathy, and perspective for leaders. Leaders realize they are responsible for both their own job and for the people who do the jobs that report up to them. A leader is not “in charge” but rather creates the right environment for employees to thrive, use their talents, and be excited to work with and for you. When things go well, a truly mature, great leader gives away all the credit to their staff, when things go bad, they take all the blame. #Truth
He described how imperative it was for leaders to not just be concerned about job performance but for their employees, as people. If an employee is struggling, instead of getting frustrated that their results are less than you hoped, seek to understand what the underlying problem must be. Ask the employee questions about their life outside of the office.
- “Are you ok?”
- “How can I help you?”
- “Are there things I can do to help you be successful or complete XYZ project?”
Many times when our world is stressful or even crumbling outside the office, our performance and ability to concentrate/deliver results is highly affected at the office. Great leaders want to know not only how they can help their employees be successful in their current job but how they can help them grow, develop, and be successful in life and in their next job.
Simon also discussed how great leaders view their business as an Infinite Game – always thinking about where they are going long-term, because the game does not have an ending. The difference in viewing your business as an Infinite Game is that you are not obsessively focused on the competition. You play the Infinite Game as if it will never end – suiting up and playing like a champion every day – evaluating how you can improve every day, not on how you can beat competition. Great leaders create a culture that isn’t obsessed with beating the competition but is focused in on how to be their best each day.
Wildly successful companies such as Apple & Southwest are good at doing this. They focus on customers and how they can help them solve their everyday problems, not in “keeping up with the Joneses” of their competition. And who here doesn’t love an Apple product or enjoy their flight with Southwest?!
What are some of your favorite leadership tips? Share with us on social media or email me at April.Davis@influencehealth.com.
Stay tuned for my next blog post of learnings from the #Live2Lead series where I explore wisdom from the leadership guru himself, John Maxwell.