How to Achieve the Holy Grail of Leadership – Execution – In 200 Words
Establishing and maintaining a culture and systems of accountability is one of the most challenging tasks of leadership. And yet it is critical to success. Screw up on this, and you’ll fail. Do it right, you’ll succeed. Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy, in their book entitled Execution, say first put the right people in the right places. Second, tell your people the results that you are seeking and the priorities that matter to you. Third, talk about how they can achieve the results you are seeking. Fourth, reward those who deliver the results you seek and link rewards to performance. Finally, if they don’t produce the results you are seeking, do one of the following, without delay: provide additional coaching, withdraw rewards, give them other jobs where they have a better chance at succeeding, or let them go.
And never micro-manage (which dis-empowers people, diminishes their confidence, saps their initiative, and stifles their ability to think for themselves), always be actively involved (using knowledge to probe and question, bring weaknesses to light, and rally people to correct them), and understand the difference between the two. And, finally, the unvarnished truth is essential in every assessment you make and communication in which you participate.
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