How Are Your Leadership Skills?
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How Are Your Leadership Skills?
Should people be following you?
If somebody was observing your present leadership style, what would they observe in you? Did you ever see the movie Jurassic Park: The Lost World? There’s a scene in the movie where the corporate executive tries to get his military team to follow him through the dinosaur-ridden jungles, but they ignore his instructions. Eventually, Vince Vaughn’s character stands up and says, “Let’s get out of here,” and they all follow him. Keep in mind, that Vaughn’s character is a saboteur whom the others have just captured. So, why did they follow him? It’s because they sensed that he knew what he was doing.
Can your people say that you know what you’re doing when you attempt to lead them? Do they have confidence in your leadership skills? That doesn’t mean that you have to have experience in every new task you attempt. What it does mean is that you exude confidence in whatever circumstances you encounter and that you will remain calm, cool, and collected and approach the situation with an appropriate response.
I remember a turning point moment when I was working as a tax consultant. I had an enormous assignment requiring completed paperwork in virtually every state in the union to register the fact that one of our largest clients was spinning off a subsidiary operation. The deadline was daunting and I didn’t know how I was going to get the task completed by myself. When I approached my boss — who eventually became my mentor — she said that I would lead a project team assembled from among people in our office. She said that I knew more about that part of the job than even she did. She said, “All of us are going to listen to you and you are going to set up instructions and we’ll get it done together.”
I was truly amazed to see all of those people, who had virtually no previous experience in doing that task come together, pitch in, and belt out that enormous project in no time flat. I realized that they did not need to know everything that had to be done. They were confident that I knew what needed to be done and that I would provide them with the necessary tools, direction, and resources to complete the task.
Heading up that leadership project was a great boost to my personal confidence and provided me with the experience to grow from and learn how to apply it to other new projects that required a team to complete. I hope, for your sake, that you have a mentor who believes in you as much as mine did and provide you with the opportunities to learn to lead.
Courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.- Nelson Mandela
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