If you scored your current leadership team on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being highest, how many would score a 10 when it comes to being aligned on the plan you’ve created for your business?
If you scored your leadership team meetings on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being highest, how effective are those meetings?
If you scored your leadership team on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being highest, how accountable are each to doing what it takes to move your company forward?
Many owners and leadership teams I speak with score themselves at a 3-5 in each. If they score higher, they are either doing a great job or are completely inauthentic.
So how do you get your team to a 10? An Amazon.com search displays 132,997 results when you search the term “leadership” as a book title. With that many, how do you know which one to read? Is effective leadership that evasive and diverse?
Bottom line, where would you start to build a culture of more effective leadership?
Steve Jobs brings an interesting and very simple perspective to the idea of leadership in the first 45 seconds of an interview – “The greatest people [to hire] are self-managing, they don’t need to be managed. Once they know what to do, they’ll go figure out what to do. They don’t need to be managed at all. What they need is a common vision, and that’s what leadership is.”
A common vision. Nothing complicated. One that everyone in the organization can understand.
What does a common vision do? It answers the three most important questions you need to answer:
- Who are we?
- Why do we do what we do?
- Where are we going?
The single most important job of your leadership team is to answer those three questions. The second most important job of your leadership team is to hire the right people and ensure they understand your common vision. The third most important job of your leadership team is to get out of their way.
Running a successful business isn’t easy, but it does not have to be complicated. Vision truly matters.
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