Great leaders paint their own destiny
Great leaders live/lead through ambiguity
One of the core beliefs I have is that everyone needs a target. The details will vary based on the individual, their drive, experiences, self-confidence, etc. That data that supports this is Gallup’s Q12 and the most critical question to measure employee engagement – I know what’s expected of me at work. There is no exception in the research saying This does not apply to executives.
Yesterday I saw some great training that a start-up organization had put together to help their new leaders understand the culture and expectations they were stepping into – and see the target. I know it will make a difference as they grow, especially if their leaders provide the conversations to support the learning and build the bridge to performance. This is the hidden ingredient to clear expectations – an ongoing conversation about wins, losses, and just being lost. This is called leadership.
When I sit down with leaders to create the one on one sheet, I am amazed at the conversation that often ensues. Sometimes it is laced with frustration, but more often it is about relief because expectations are clear.
Everyone needs a target. Everyone.