How do you develop leadership skills that will transform your staff into a winning team, expand your customer base, and increases revenue? It may mean that the transformation has to begin with you.
Our 26th American president, Theodore Roosevelt said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
None of us ever thought that any of those quotes we were forced to memorize in high school would have any relevance in our professional careers. But executives who are willing to develop leadership skills that will transform them into better leaders don’t mind a bit!
They’re willing to reach back and utilize any inspirational lessons from the past and they remain teachable for future endeavors. No doubt there is much that an enlightened and yet teachable leader can learn from Roosevelt’s words.
There’s also no doubt that selecting the right people for the right job is a pivotal first step toward building a solid team. But to take that first step you must develop leadership skills that will help you to recognize who those right men and women are. You must not only recruit them, but inspire them to sign on and stay on.
Self-restraint is a mark of visionary leadership in that the leader can see beyond himself and his own personal best interest. While keeping his eyes on the prize–increased revenue; greater professional prestige; a promotion–he must recognize and acknowledge the value of his team before they deliver the goods.
It means training your mind on the positive attributes of each member of your team and supporting their success. It also means identifying their weaknesses with the intent of supporting their quest to be better and do better. Getting rid of negative outcomes starts with ridding your mind of negative expectations.
The idea is not to bluster your way forward blindly, oblivious to weak links on your team. The idea is to start out with positive and realistic expectations of what you can achieve with the team at your command, and a vision for how you all can become better at what you do. All includes you.
How well you know yourself will help you exercise self-restraint. It will help you avoid those triggers that compel you to micromanage. It can help you develop leadership skills that are based on compassion for others because you’ll learn to accept yourself–warts and all. It will inspire you to give other people room to grow, make mistakes, get better, and just be human.