Over the last 3 posts, I have outlined three of the critical steps toward increasing your power as a leader. To recap:
Context of relatedness. You must build connectedness with those you seek to lead. And, the nature of that connectedness is very important. You want to be seen as someone who cares about your people, someone who understands their experience and who wants to lead them to a better place.
You must have integrity. It Is not enough to be able to give a slick speech and to impress everyone with your knowledge and experience. Your people want to know that you walk your talk. Actions always speak louder than words. Show them your commitment by leading from the front, by being the person with those most skin in the game.
Create possibilities that move and inspire your people. Your folks need for you to show them what they can’t see for themselves. What is their “Camelot”? Can you make their positive future so clear to them that they believe it can come true? Your ability to do so makes all of the difference. It is in cultivating their belief that you unleash their power to create that possibility.
Now we have reached the last of the four steps; the call to action. It is precisely here that many leaders fall short. They simply don’t close the deal. It is not enough to create good and positive feelings. You must learn to convert inspiration into action. To do this you must give your people at least a first step in the direction of the new possibility. What concrete action can each person take tomorrow to begin making the dream come true?
Consider having each person you lead come up with one actionable item and putting that on a sign in their workspace. Let them declare to themselves and to each other what they will do to make change happen. Revisit these in a few weeks to celebrate accomplishment and to plan the next step. It is one step at a time that you lead your army into the “Promised Land”.