Leadership has a lot of moving parts and they can all move together like a well-oiled machine. Quiet and luxurious like a Maybach, smooth like Lear, and magnificent like a Michaelangelo painting. That is how many of you want your leadership style to appear. This year the most important thing for any leader is to first get your mind right. That’s right. It starts with your mind. If your mind is not in the game and focused on a well-thought out leadership plan, you can forget it. This is a new world and you cannot sit and have everyone lead you, you have to do things different, lead different. You have to make an impact so that you are noticed as a valuable part of the organization. Taking the lead affects those who run a company and those who make sure a company runs correctly by working for one.
I learned this the hard way that became the best blessing. I left my business for a corporate position to take on a challenge to create a department. While I built departments before, I never created one that would be permanent. While I tried to fit into the corporate mindset, I was losing myself and had to reach back to what made me a successful leader. I had to grab a hold of my leadership mindset. Instead of being a clone, I needed to pull out the person that successfully traveled the country saving corporate divisions and leaving protocols in place to be used on new projects and programs.
After years of building the department, systems, protocols, and standards and helping so many professionals on the job, it was time that I help people that lose sleep worrying about the resistant people they work with and the lack of support they have and feel like a puppet. Some of these people became clients after I helped them build their confidence through acquisitions and reorganizations. Many were worried about whether they are going to get that promotion or their livelihood is in jeopardy by losing the raise. Some were fearful that someone else is going to overshadow them because they didn’t step up quick enough. Some were mid-level managers that were tired of fighting to lead and needed to get aligned with what they really should be doing.
I taught many that they didn’t need to be scared of getting a pink slip or being moved around because the organization didn’t know or understand their value. I helped the organization see their value and give them the confidence they needed to make the strategic moves they needed to stand out.
A few clients wanted to start their own company part time. I call this double-duty. They needed to get a real hold of what they were doing to grow bigger and be better for their life. Small business owners have had concerns as well. Some of my clients love what they do but don’t know how to own and lead your own business, and others are dictating how your business is being run. I teach them to stop running after people and show the value so that people will want to do work with them. They have been scared that they were leaving money on the table by not stepping up. Expanding business without the right people on your team to get the most out of them to do more with your company, can make the difference for your company’s future.
You have what you need to be a leader and what you don’t have, you can learn. I am here to help you navigate through the new leadership needs to secure success for your company. Isn’t it time for you to come out of the comfort zone and take the lead!