“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
–John Quincy Adams
People who know me, know I’m addicted to quotes. When I read this quote, it struck me as being so parallel to a recent article I read on leadership titled “Recession as a Litmus Test”. Take a look!
The article discusses that during times of recession (or difficult times in general), there are four distinguishing aspects of leadership. Those four aspects are as follows:
1 – Disciplined Thinking (Dream more)
Help others to see through the noisy clutter of confusion during times of uncertainty. Focus on the known, such as the core business requirements, and keep an eye on the big picture.
2 – A Bias for Action (Do more)
Don’t just wait around for someone to tell you the new vision or the next steps to take. Start creating it….one step at a time. You may need to take a step back once in awhile, but three steps forward and one step back is better than no steps forward at all.
3 – Timely and Transparent Communication (Inspire others)
Be open, be honest, be realistic. Find the right balance between realism and optimism, but always communicate.
4 – The Ability to Inspire Followership (Become more)
After someone speaks to you, do they feel as if they can move forward or do they feel “stuck”? Use the three items above to help inspire others. Lead by example.
Now, picture yourself in this situation. Due to a recent reorganization, you now are leading a blended team of individuals from two very different organizational cultures (maybe it was a merger, maybe it was a global reorganization effort, whatever the case may be). You need to begin laying out your strategy, supporting projects, plans and processes for your newly-defined team. But where do you begin?