Read to Lead: Military Leadership in Pursuit of Excellence (4th Ed.), by Taylor, Rosenbach, and Ulmer, Jr.
North of Center coaches teach leaders to preserve and strengthen their own credibility by identifying and closing critical “say-do gaps” so they lay a solid foundation upon which trust can be built and sustained — during good times and bad!
The military’s chain of command is made of links to give it structure, but those links are made of hands gripping forearms, of leaders and mentors helping lift others up to ensure they excel and succeed as individuals. At the same time, that sort of culture contributes directly to the success of the organization. Here are three tips to help leaders foster an organizational culture in which the chain of command is seen as a chain of linked arms.
Trust, whether within teams or between teams and the customers and clients they serve, is vital to the enduring success of leaders and their organizations. Yet extensive surveys by Pew and Gallup indicate the general public's trust in institutions, both public and...
Like so many things, a good meeting starts with deliberate planning. Before holding a meeting, nail down four things about them: the purpose, participants, inputs, and outputs.
“Infinite players cannot say when their game began, nor do they care. They do not care for the reason that their game is not bounded by time. Indeed, the only purpose of the game is to prevent it from coming to an end, to keep everyone in play.” — James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games, pp. 6-7
Here are six tips to help you get the most out of your finite communication capacity when you don’t have the benefit of non-verbal cues.
Empowering your employees to represent your organization in real-time requires some hard work. Especially since they represent you at all times. What will your team members say when faced with an opportunity to represent you? Do they know what you are thinking? Have you empowered and enabled them to represent your organization in real time?
Today’s Read to Lead recommendation is On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis, who highlights the point that leaders doen’t need to be good at everything, but they do need vision, integrity, and the ability to lift others up and rally them to a common cause. Any works by Bennis will make a terrific addition to your leadership reading list.
To build trust relationships that lead to enduring leadership success, it is essential to understand those we will engage and the issues about which members of those publics share a common interest. Yet our capacity to communicate is finite. To get the most out of that capacity, before we engage we must define the outcomes we hope to achieve.