Before one decides to seek or serve in any position of leadership, he/she should objectively and introspectively consider why he/she wants to do so, and whether he/she is fit to be a leader or the right individual to pursue leadership. If you determine it is for you, and you are the right person, then, you must seek the best way to be as effective and relevant as possible! Far too often, our elections, whether for national office or local positions, become little more than popularity contests that revert to empty promises and rhetoric! However, once someone is elected, selected or ascends, he/she should try to be the best he/she can be, and this article will briefly review 6 steps to true effective leadership.
- Examine goals, priorities, needs: It might seem obvious, but it is amazing how rarely new leaders begin their process, with a thorough examination of goals, priorities, needs, perceptions, and concerns. How can anyone be effective without addressing top priorities, in a well-considered, thoughtful, timely manner?
- Strategic planning: While many groups claim to use strategic planning, few actually do so! In many cases, the process deteriorates to blaming and complaining, rather than seeking solutions, alternatives, and plans. It is indeed, this strategy, which will generally determine the eventual success of a leader. How do you know you are using the best approach or strategy, unless you objectively examine alternatives, in sync with the heritage, present conditions, and future aspirations?
- Action plan: The greatest strategic plan, unless acted upon in a well-considered timely manner, will become a mere exercise rather than a viable course to creating a solution! Use this strategic plan as the basis of your action plan, and use this process to create a step-by-step cookbook-style analysis and procedure to achieve what needs to be done!
- Develop your team: No individual, no matter how skilled or well-intentioned can do it alone! Rather, he must identify those individuals who will make his team stronger, better, and more relevant. How can one delegate responsibilities effectively unless he first identifies the best people to serve the cause?
- Delegate wisely: While at times it might be simpler, especially in the short-term, to do it yourself, in the longer-term, it is important to delegate wisely to individuals who will get it done!
- Get it done: Good intentions, promises, and positive rhetoric are necessary ingredients and first steps in identifying individuals with the potential to be effective leaders. However, what really counts is whether one can bring ideas to actions and achieve what’s necessary. Get it done!
Don’t just serve in leadership, but seek to do so, effectively! True leaders are effective ones!