Leadership is a widely talked about topic and with good reason. The more responsibility one is given as a leader, the more necessary it becomes to work with integrity and compassion.People have asked me how I would define my leadership style and my response has been to tell them about the six values I adopted which drive my work ethic even today.
The first and foremost is this: one must be able accept change. No single approach can be adopted as change is constant, and so must solutions be.Focus on changes that consistently gain positive results; acknowledging this inter-dependency allows you to embrace its possibilities.
The second is to role model the desired change. As a leader one is under scrutiny almost all the time, and so to be able to lead the desired change by example. Understand that all companies have both a corporate and a social purpose.
The third is to build a strong team and make leadership – including self – accountable. Accountability of ones actions should remain in the forefront of a leader’s activities. With globalization, technological advances and the continuing proliferation of networks, no single business operates in isolation anymore.
The fourth is communicating effectively about the change. Clear communication is effective and unambiguous, helping people work with a greater drive and efficiency. This allows their teams to watch and learn from leadership in action.
The fifth is getting personally involved and relentlessly pursuing impact and change. This discipline to follow through on our commitments has resulted in a business that grew from less than 5 to a 500 plus strong team of excellent people.
The sixth is setting measurable goals and focusing on these goals to drive expected changes.Develop and pursue a strategic direction by broadening initiatives for both medium and long term objectives to meet the goals of the enterprise.
At the end of the day, to be a leader of note, create and sustain an enterprise that produces value for all the stakeholders in an equitable way. Remember, anything you do, with persistence and speed, build the right team, inculcate and pass on the right values while building a strong culture.
Cultivate friendships and be sure to experience life, because this isn’t a dress rehearsal – it’s happening right now.