Listening

Is Michael Scott a hero?

Do you know what the most important thing to give your team is? [youtube oYoQzLVgN84]

 

The average young leader would think the answer is me, "My team needs me. They need my wisdom. They need my authority. They need my opinion."

The first and most important thing that your team needs is time. They need time to be together. They need time to be creative. They need time to do what they have volunteered for or been hired to do. They need time where you sit and listen. They need time to pray. They need time in stillness. They need time to voice concerns.

We make the mistake of thinking our wisdom is what will maximize our people's talents and time, but in reality, it is the process of learning and applying what they've learned that will maximize their experience and contribution as an individual and team member. Your opinion doesn't make you a hero, but I guarantee listening will.

God made me boss!

In this space in time, God-ordained leaders have to be God-ordained listeners. [youtube jHsbwY4EPyA]

First, we need to be leaders who put ourselves in a place to hear from God.  As the saying goes, don't confuse busyness with effectiveness, especially when it comes to spiritual leadership.  Second, we need to hear what God is doing in and through the lives of the people we lead.  This requires an investment of time with people (Not checking in on their tweets, not flooding them with emails, not texting them, etc. Being physically present with people).  As leaders we need to be people who speak vision into the lives of our people, more so than just speaking vision into an organization.  We make the mistake of assuming people will change their lives because of the grand vision of an organization, but people buy into change when there is vision cast for their own lives.  The best organizational vision is one that speaks a clear vision into the lives of the individuals involved.  A leader who says, "God told me we should do ________," doesn't realize that people hear, "God made me boss, so do what I say or God is going to be so disappointed."

Here is a leadership survey for you to evaluate your leadership.

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I hope this poll helped you learn something true about yourself!  Have a great day.

Are you Diddy or Ice?

I believe that our words are some of the most powerful tools that leaders have. Our words can either be a spring board of creativity or a barrier like a wall. What is your response when someone on your team brings a new idea? Do you feel threatened? Do you feel your system threatened?

Here is how you know if you are a barrier. Think back to the last time someone on your team brought you a new idea or suggestion: did you immediately respond with data or proof that the "system" is working in the "grass is always greener" location? Because you just communicated the "system" is far more valuable than the person or the people on your team.   Barrier leaders love to let you know where the "grass is greener" because that is their view of success.  Barrier leaders want others pointing at what they've done to be the greenest grass in their Neighborhood, organization, or team.

Take a week and ruthlessly believe in people and their ideas. It's kinda like watering your own lawn before you hit up the sod store.

For a hip-hop comparison; I'd rather be Ditty discovering talent

 

than Vanilla Ice trying to do the old system with a small tweak.