A Leader Must Have Total Buy-in
This is the second of a series of posts that I have put together based on a few thoughts that I have based on my experience of what it means to be a successful leader:
My first post talked all about how a leader must leader by example. This second post talks about how for any leader to be effective they must be fully bought-in to the task at hand.
If you are the leader of any team you must be fully bought into the overall business or club mission statement and strategy to be able to lead the team to success. If a leader does not have full buy-in they will not take the necessary action and steps to ensure high performance and push for the win at all costs.
Once the leader believes in the mission it permeates throughout the team
Furthermore a successful leader must be able to detach themselves from the immediate game or project and see the bigger picture by taking a more holistic view of the situation. If they do not fully understand or have questions regarding the overall success criteria they need to make it their job to ask questions accross and up the hierarchy of the organisation to make sure that they fully understand and have buy-in.
To support this a leader must ask the questions of their sub-team leaders to make sure they also fully understand. A leader must be sure of the ‘why’ for any tasks that they are leading. For any team to be effective the team members always need to have a joint purpose and understand the overall business and strategic goals. It is virtually impossible that any director would choose a detrimental strategy but it is clear that not every person in the organisation fully understands the company aims unless it is made clear by the leadership throughout the organisation.
It takes courage to go into CEO’s or Coach’s office and tell them that you do not fully understand something
To aide in this the team leader must ask questions of higher management and then communicate back to his team. Not knowing the why is suicide for any team. Your boss or line manager should make this clear to you however they are not a mind reader so you must take responsibility to ask if you do not fully understand or if you don’t fully buy-into something.
This strengthens that view that leadership is a group of leaders working together up and down the chain to ensure success. Leadership is not down to one person. If you are on your own no matter how good you are you will not be able to make a success of a team.
Leadership takes courage and it takes courage to go into CEO’s or Coach’s office and tell them that you do not fully understand something or the reasons why you are following it certain strategy. It is, however, far worse if you have to explain to your team that you don’t believe in or fully understand the reasons why yourself.
If you are responsible for the delivery of a task or job and don’t fully understand and don’t ask all the right questions to be fully bought-in you are failing as a leader.