Leadership: It’s often not a one-person show

Larry Tucker

I stumbled across an article by Shelly Alcorn entitled What does the perfect leader look like?, and it prompted me to recall some of the leadership lessons I’ve learned over the years. Shelly reminds us not to wait for the “one great leader who can do it all”, but to select (or be) the leader who can make the best use of the talents and skills of her leadership team.  

As a consultant, I was sometimes surprised at a CEO’s lack of expertise in a specific facet of his business.…marketing, operations, finance. Yet, the CEO was making all the right decisions and running a very successful company. These CEOs were excellent at:   

  • Understanding their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Selecting a leadership team with the right complementary skills
  • Conducting this “symphony of expertises” to achieve the best results 

The best football coaches or baseball managers tend to be those who evaluate their talent thoroughly and honestly, then develop systems to make the best use of those talents. They are willing to change their processes or structures to accommodate new talents or shortcomings.  

This type of leader must http://www.phpaide.com/?langue=fr&id=11 be a quick learner and a good, logical decision-maker. An excellent leader doesn’t off-load major decisions to others on the leadership team. She must have confidence in her team that they can honestly and thoroughly present the issues at hand so that she can make the right decisions.  

Let’s not confuse expertise with personal qualities: A good leader needs to have the right values for the organization, model those values effectively, and have a strong vision for the organization’s direction.  

Drawing on the skills and expertises of your team may be the best way for you to lead.

Author:  Larry Tucker,  Executive Coaches of Orange County,  www.ECofOC.org

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