A leader must swallow their pride
This is the 3rd 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. My second post spoke all about how a leader must fully believe in the mission and that this will permeate throughout a team and is a huge driver towards the success of any team.
Everybody has an ego. When driving for success in any arena an ego can be a good thing. However when you let your ego cloud your judgement and affect your decision making it can become an issue. An ego can affect a leader when making an overall appraisal of a person within the team. Especially when making a call for the greater good of all within the team.
When driving for success in any arena an ego can be a good thing
A leader must be willing to be humble in the right situation and shun negativity when needed but not be arrogant enough so that they become complacent. It is important that a leader of any team understands how critical the success of the team is dependant on the guys on the front line. Don’t let your perceived status get in the way of communicating what really matters to who really matters.
You may also from time to time find yourself in a position where you need to deal with your own poor, negative leaders. This is going to be a very difficult situation to manage but as discussed in previous posts a leader must take total accountability for the performance of a team and must take responsibility for this up and down the chain.
I feel that I must be clear here in that checking your ego does not mean to stop being confident in yours and your teams ability to deliver. With everything that you do; if you are sure you surely will. As a leader you must own your ego and if you let any the other person inflate or reduce your ego you will lose. Our egos like being massaged and it is up to us to see the bigger picture in any situation.
Choose your attitude and this must be exemplified by you at all times
To support this you must create clear operating procedures, a boundaries and interfaces plan and a communication plan. These will ensure that everyone within the team is aware of and respects their overall position within the team. They will have the confidence to own their responsibilities but not be complacent enough to not get their hands dirty.
With all of this you need to choose your attitude and this must be exemplified by you at all times. If you, your leaders and their teams replicate this attitude this is surely a recipe for success.