I regularly read Wally Bock’s blog. He is always coming up with great insights and ideas.
In a recent post he reminded us that:
- Leadership is behaviour.
- Theory doesn’t count unless it turns into behaviour.
- Principles don’t matter until you incarnate them.
- If it doesn’t find its way into what you say or what you do, it can’t be leadership.
- Leadership is situational.
- One size doesn’t fit all.
- What works in one situation may not work in another.
- Your choices of what you say and do depend on the situation.
- If you aspire to leadership, understand that leadership is about actions measured by results in a specific situation.
Much the same can be said of management. I even agree with the situational nature of leadership – although I also believe that a single, simple management system can provide the basics of good organisational practice in the vast majority of situations. A system where you:
- communicate personally and frequently with each team member
- give and receive great feedback with courage and compassion
- coach every team member to improve performance, and
- use delegation to provide opportunities for professional growth and personal development
Thanks Wally. You can read the full post here.