Leadership is a collection of key skills that you can cultivate. Life coach Allison Task shares the daily habits, skills, and mental shifts that will put you in charge.
They see opportunities where others see challenges
We all have the same information in front of us; the question is what we do with it. On a rainy day, you can curse the sky, or take the opportunity to sell umbrellas to those who don’t have them.
Leaders see the opportunity in situations – and more importantly – help others to find it. When an industry is disrupted (iPhones to cameras, Uber to taxis, AirBnB to standard hotels), that’s because someone saw a better way to do things.
The person who sees forgotten factories on abandoned streets and thinks: Hey, why don’t we grow produce in those spaces? That’s the dreamer who gives rise to entire industries like vertical farming.
And the good news is, you don’t need to be born with this skill, you can build it. Find the opportunity in a situation (especially a tough situation, one that doesn’t make sense). Find the opportunity.
They recognise that it isn’t said until everyone says it
You don’t have a clearly defined plan until you have a clearly articulated plan. A good plan is shared by the entire team so that everyone can move toward the same goal.
One of my first jobs out of university was working for a company called EarthWeb, and Jack Hidary was CEO (he most recently ran for mayor of NYC). I often heard him say, “It isn’t said until everyone says it.”
I would watch him patiently explain something in the marketplace, then wait as the team members in the room would understand it and re-articulate it in their own words. It wasn’t enough for Jack to say it, he needed his team members to hear it and repeat it in their own words – articulate the vision in their own way.
This is how Jack ensured that everyone had a personal investment in the goal.
Communicating, and waiting to confirm that everyone has absorbed the plan is time-consuming. However, it’s far less time-consuming that charging down a path by yourself and then having to corral the rest of your team after they’ve wandered off in different directions.
To help you get people on board with your vision, make a conscious effort to use the phrases that build trust.