|There is a very profound reason why we are focusing on the ”sins”. There is a great number of combinations of strengths. Like Daniel Goleman and team has addressed, there are 6 major leadership styles. And there is some latitude within each of them in a number of areas.
To talk about building your leadership based on your strengths would very likely be doing a bad service to you. Without facing you, having you tested, we could be giving you false guidance. But there are only fairly few elements, that have to power to kill your leadership. Regardless of your natural strengths! First you need to make sure that you are not falling into the trap of them. And only after then focusing on improving your strengths has value.
|Building a strength is part of the work. The most important strength is to lead oneself in the proper way. And that starts by eliminating the risk elements. Did you know, that up to 75% of leaders failures come from Emotional Intelligence? When you tackle the sins, you also tackle these Emotional Intelligence risks. 21st century leadership is far from that of the 1980’s. Not to mention that of the 1950’s, the era of McCarthy hunting communists. When you look at the sins and work to remove them from your way of behaving, you will have success! And the latest research indicate, that you actually will also live a healthier life!
|So, what are the sins and what to think about them?
1. The primary sin is not trusting yourself. If you don’t have self confidence, how can others trust you? And trust is glue and lubricant of every great organization. If you doubt yourself, then I strongly suggest that you get a coach and use some tests to get insight to your personality.
2. The second sin is lack of listening. There are 3 reasons some people talk all the time; they don’t think other people have something to say, they are afraid that silence would make the other person feel uncomfortable or they want to be sure that no questions are asked as they are afraid they don’t have the answer.
3. The next sin is playing a role (which is not you). People subconsciously read others and this is the one thing we recognize and which makes us question how trustworthy the other one is. They don’t trust you, they don’t then follow you.
4. A leader must give direction, make a difference. It is sinful, if you don’t dare to differentiate, to choose the goal. If there is no goal, or there are dozens of goals, there is no common goal, no shared vision, no support nor engagement to you!
5. Numbers are great, but what are the right things to measure with numbers? The lesson learnt from the former giant Nokia, is that if you look at wrong numbers, often pure monetary ones, and forget the numbers showing you attention to values, you will loose your people, your business and eventually your future.
6. The final sin is pretty typical for Finnish leaders! In Finland we have this ”little-Xmas-party”. And the rest of the year is ”serious business”. A leader must greet the moment of fun often enough. Every month has something to enjoy.
|You are competing with the best in the business. Those who have ensured that none of the sins is present (not even the #6) are successful in recruiting the best people. Even if their competitor would be good at 5/6. Actually, in the long run the one who covers all 6 gets people in to the company with lower pay than that taking care of the 5 sins. For the bright future you need to see, which ones are building a wall on your path. And accept that what ever your personality is alike, at the end of the day, what really counts is how you get others to work for you and support you!
|What if you see, that there is more than one thing to fix (like most of organizations do). The answer is very simple, start from the smallest number. Get working on that and as you are well on the way, then go to the next one. But not more than 3 at a time. You need to allow yourself to truly understand and adopt the new behavior. And that takes time and effort. Too many things mean that your progress is so slow, that you have a very high risk of quitting before you reach the goal!
|We all have tendency to evaluated others and ourselves based on our individual history. So, in order to get some good results, you need another set of tools to evaluate and understand you. These tools are coming from two different sources. Use proper psychometric test (like EBW, Wopi, Resilience) to know more about yourself. And the second source is a reliable and honest person to give you feedback on your behavior.
|Does it pay back, all that work? For GE in Jack Welch time it did (and if we look at what happened after JW, we see why). Vincit, one of the most profitable programming companies and multiple best workplace winner of the 2010’s has proven this to be true. There is no business, where this wouldn’t be true. An article in HBR couple of years ago showed, that inspiration means in specialist operation 244 % productivity when compared to ”normal” team. And each of the sins is enough to kill inspiration!
|It all starts with you, goes around and returns to you. We have helped over a 1000 people to start the journey. Everyone can do. Not everyone does, which means that there is a great opportunity for those who do. Are you ready to start? To spend a few moments daily on improving you well being, your teams productivity and your organizations prosperity?
|Having worked with hundreds of organization, I have learnt that hardly any deal with the sins. And that there is only one truly difficult step in the process. Starting. Shall we start now?|