The 10 Things Leaders Do to Create the Conditions for Success

If it's true (as I argued in a prior blog post) that People deliver Results, then what must the leader do to ensure that the people can succeed?

Here are ten ideas leaders can implement now to create the conditions for success:

L = Look ahead. Listen to the input of your team. Learn continuously. Let go of fear.

E = Engage others in figuring out how to get there. Communicate your Expectations. Monitor the Energy level of your team.

A = Aspire to be the best. Ask for ideas. Adapt your leadership style to each situation.

D = Direct and guide the team toward the goals. Develop yourself and others. Delegate as much as possible.

E = Empower others to move ahead and deal with obstacles. Enable their success through team building, training, coaching, and mentoring.

R = Focus yourself and the team on Results. Recognize the contributions of others. Reward "on the spot" as much as possible.

S = Support risk taking. Supply them with whatever they need to get the job done. Make it Safe for your people to come to you with their needs; make sure they know that they can count on You.

H = Have Humility. Lead with Heart.

I = Inspire others to stay the course toward the Vision.

P = Play to strengths. Invite Participation.

At the end of the day, the ultimate litmus test a leader can use to see if he or she has created the conditions for success is to ask: Do my people feel good about themselves?

People feel good about themselves when they say "We did this ourselves."

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday May 14, 2011. For more ideas on leadership, contact Terry and invite him to speak to your organization.

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