Leadership 101

Executives must come to grips with three paradoxes of leadership. First, an organization changes more easily when it doesn’t try to change everything. Second, it’s more likely to succeed if it both controls and empowers its employees. Finally, it should accept the variability and failure that accompany innovation.You cannot kick ass and have both feet on the ground!

1.

OUT:

Micro-management, or the need to control every aspect of your company. 

IN:

Empowerment, the ability to give your people some rope--even rope to make mistakes without blame.
2.

OUT:

Management by walking around the office; it is no longer enough to be visible.

IN:

Leadership by watching and listening, engaging in conversation, implementing the ideas presented to you, and distributing the results.
3.

OUT:

Pretending you know everything. You don't have all the answers, so why try to make people think you do? 

IN:

Knowing your leadership team members and trusting them. Choose great people who have the right skills and fit the culture.  And get out of the way.
4.

OUT:

No mistakes, or a "no tolerance policy" some still think works.

IN:

Learning from mistakes, build on your success, or being the first to admit an error.
5.

OUT:

The balance sheet drives the business, and informs all other decisions. 

IN:

People drive the business, boosting customer loyalty, and profit.
6.

OUT:

Job competency is sufficient. Do the job asked, and you'll survive.

IN:

Recruit "A" players who will go the extra mile. They're out there.
7.

OUT:

Invest in technology to increase productivity.

IN:

Invest in people. (Technology is a fantastic creator of momentum, but without great human capital, it is a waste of money)
8.

OUT:

Demand change; be very specific about what you want and when.

IN:

Nurture change; your people can come up with the best ideas and you can give them credit for it.
9.

OUT:

Fried food in the cafeteria.

IN:

Wellness in the workplace. CREATE HAPPINESS.
10.

OUT:

Incentives; pay employees more money and they'll do more.

IN:

Rewards; being valued matters more than money.