Inspirational Infusion

#107 — February 1, 2018

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

Greetings, Inspired Travelers!

How is your New Year beginning? Probably with a mixed bag of outcomes, choices and plans… pretty typical for leaders these days.

We began this year with a look at training programs you have or have not put in place to develop your team members. Let's expand that line of thought by considering creating a roadmap to effective leadership. Leadership remains a focus of most businesses and, since many of you are connected to the healthcare industry, leadership can seem in short supply as the landscape continues to evolve.

In order to begin any type of development plan we need a base line. So, what are the primary components of great leadership? Here are a few thoughts to help you conduct an assessment:

• Integrity This is, arguably, the most important trait of a great leader. Integrity is highly scrutinized today. Make certain honesty is a key component of your leadership profile. Without integrity, there is no trust and without trust, your leaders are unable to lead. Why? Because no one will follow.
• Proficiency Great leaders are seen as experts in their fields and without a strong sense of business acumen as well as subject matter expertise, your leaders will not be able to lead. Why? Because no one will follow!
• Vision Leaders who are able to see the future and articulate it to others can create it while helping others to participate in that creation. You know the saying, “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.” And, if there is no vision, there is no leader. Why? Because no one will follow!
• Judgment Having good judgment is not the same as being judgmental and most people recognize this. Leaders must be able to stop, reflect, assess and make decisions that serve the highest good of all. No personal agendas. No favoritism. Big Picture thinking. If they are unable to make good decisions, they are unable to instill trust. If they are unable to instill trust, they are unable to lead. Why? You already know the answer!

So, dear readers, I invite you to grab a beverage, close your office door and review those in leadership positions as well as those who might serve as potential leaders when provided with development. How do they measure up? Where are they on this base line? That answer will, in part, determine your leadership training plans. And, honestly, where are you? Self development is also necessary. Just sayin'.

Happy assessing! It's going to be a great year to lead!

Be magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!

Deborah



At InspirationInProgress we help our clients determine the leadership profile that best suits their business goals and we provide training and development that help achieve those goals. Give us a call at 215 260 1611 or drop us a line at WeInspire@InspirationInProgress.com and let us help you in the new year.

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