If you’ve ever had the distinct impression that you could accomplish so much more for your organization if only the decision-making processes your organization utilizes were clearer, you’re not alone.
Organizations in both the private and nonprofit sectors suffer from a chronic case of decision confusion. This means that it’s unclear who has the power to make which specific decisions directly affecting people’s jobs.
This problem is especially apparent at nonprofit organizations, which often vacillate between a time-consuming and inefficient consensus approach to decision-making, and concentrating decision-making power in the hands of a small group of senior staff. But [...]
The concept of leadership has not changed in the last century. The WAY in which one now leads a team of employees has changed rapidly and dramatically. Don’t get left behind or get yourself in a bind by ignoring these crucial concepts for leaders of the present, past and future. Given there are 13 of them, let’s start with the concept of luck.Leadership is Not About Luck
While there is much greater acceptance these days of teachings known as new age, it is unwise to assume that leadership skills will simply come to you. There is value in donning the positive thinking hat, but be certain there is more to leadership than that. More dangerous still, is the belief senior leaders [...]
We might respect smart leaders who never give us a glimpse behind their title – and we might comply with directives that come from people who manage their image so well that they seem to be perfect. But we are influenced and engaged by people who make an exquisitely imperfect, human connection. We like and trust leaders who can occasionally kick back and laugh at their mistakes.We want to work with and for people who can do something rare – which is to speak from both the head and the heart.
A few years ago, I heard former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl, Jr. speak to a group of entrepreneurs. We were there to hear about his philosophy, wisdom and advice. McColl [...]