Top Tips, Stats and Facts

Top Tips

Top Tips, Stats and Facts

Leadership Briefs.. 

  1. Bureaucratic power versus the practise of leadership. 

"...too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of bureaucratic power. In order to engage in a conversation about leadership, you have to assume you have no power — that you aren't 'in charge' of anything and that you can't sanction those who are unwilling to do your bidding. If, given this starting point, you can mobilize others and accomplish amazing things, then you're a leader. If you can't, well then, you're a bureaucrat." 

Gary Hamel and Polly LaBarre in the  Harvard Business Review; “ How to Lead When You're Not in Charge ” HBR, 2013. 

  1. Prepare for leadership (potentially years) before being asked.. 

  • Start acting thinking and communicating like a leader now.
  • Excel at what you do now – do not allow your leadership ambitions to stop you excelling in your current role.
  • Help your boss succeed – lean more to ‘yes’ than ‘no’ when asked to take on new projects and take time to understand their problems and propose solutions.
  • Seize opportunities - inside as well as outside work, that demonstrate your desire to grow.
  • Tackle projects and problems that others wont or don’t even know exist.
  • Don’t be a jerk – there is a fine line between ambitious and acting like a smart alec.
  • Be cautious – about how your actions will make those around you feel.
  • Find role models.
  • Build relationships – it is unlikely that one person will sit in a room on their own to consider your potential for promotion. 

Based on an article in the Business Review Weekly July 18 – 24, 2013, quoting the 2012 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation.  

  1. Leadership is more often taken, than it is given… 

Candidates are everywhere – I don’t need to look as hard.. or, why settle for ‘good’ when ‘very good’ is available and why settle for ‘very good’ when ‘great’ is on the table?” 

Right now without question there are more people available for every vacancy you have. There is a trap here though in that some employers move quickly to employ someone because they know them and they are available. This misses the fact that there are probably 10 other people (whom you don’t know) that might be just as good, or better, than the one you know. 

The opportunity right now, is to do a through search and review of all the people available and you will inevitably make a better choice and make, or save, your business even more money. 

In short use these times to assess your options widely.