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Friday, July 24, 2020

Lean Quote: Five Ways You Can Make a Difference as a Leader

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.  — Tom Brokaw

A lot of people want to make a difference but few do. They may not know where to start or think it could be risky. To make an impact and lead, it starts with having the right mindset. Here are five ways you can be less afraid to make a difference and lead:

Encourage and Inspire
Recognize the power of developing people as the way to achieving your business goals. Invest as much time, if not more, into coaching and team development as on anything else. Delegate effectively via setting expectations. Get out of the way: Let people do their bit. You will most empower your team by getting clear on success criteria and the role you want to play. 

Shares Your Wisdom
Memorable leaders are those who enjoy sharing their wisdom and secrets of success.   These types of leaders are great teachers and are the best mentors.  The leadership lessons you share with them they will come to appreciate later in their career because they carry the most weight and impact.

Makes You Feel Valued
Leadership is all about people and leaders who forget this will be forgotten quickly. When leaders value and respect their employees, retention will remain strong and people will work harder, with a greater sense of purpose, and with a passionate pursuit of excellence.

Give Space to Fail
One of the most crippling challenges in any organization is fear of failure. It can lead to resistance to change and limits an organization's ability to generate and act on ideas, innovate and adapt. This fear can corrupt an entire culture, leading to higher levels of disengagement.

Empower People
Of all the ways that leaders change lives for the better, nothing matches the gift of empowerment. Leaders take their power, combine it with their belief in the best of others, and give both away freely. When people have both the faith and authority to make a difference, they have the energy necessary to act with boldness.

Ultimately, it is the leader who strives to have an impact that is bigger than just themselves who will be the most memorable – and for all the right reasons.   They will always leave an unforgettable impression and have long-lasting influence on you, your career, and the organization they serve.

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