In the numerous obituaries that have been published for Steve Jobs, the word visionary seems to be the most quoted adjective in an attempt to define his leadership style.
There’s no doubt that teams need their leader to be clear about what they are aiming for, but it takes more than a vision to get the best from a team in the long-term. So here are five things a leader should do to get the best out of their team:
Sometimes when you’re feeling important,
Sometimes when your ego’s in bloom,
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room.
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave and unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction
And see how it humbles your soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water.
Put your hand in it up to your wrist,
Pull it out, and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You may splash all you please when you enter,
You can stir up the water galore,
But stop… you’ll find in a minute,
That it looks quite the same as before.
The moral in this quaint example
Is to do just the best you can,
Be proud of yourself, but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.
but how much you give to others.
It’s not how high you build your dreams that make a difference,
but how high your faith can climb.
It’s not how many goals you reach,
But how many lives you touch.
It’s not who you know that matters, but who you are inside.
Believe in the impossible, hold tight to the incredible, and live each day to its fullest.
You can make a difference in the world.
Congratulations. Your are a Supervisor! You are now responsible for your actions, your teams actions and achieving the goals of the organization. You were the best at what you did and now you are in charge of others. As a Supervisor, you will make many mistakes dealing with your team. The key is to learn from them and grow as a leader. Here are seven supervisory ‘sins’ you should remember and avoid.
You have been warned! Now, go forth and Supervise.
6. Take another English course.
My father has used this direction with all of my brothers and sisters and I have vowed that I too, will use it on my children, I never liked to hear the words, they seemed to be a put down every time I mispronounced a word or used incorrect English.
One day after I had completed my second year in college, Dad and I went fishing and I mustered up enough courage to ask why he repeatedly said to each of his children “Take another English course.” As fathers will, he responded not with a simple one phrase explanation, but rather a short dissertation on the necessity to use good English, good spelling, good grammar and good pronunciation. “Employers will note these things on future applications and resumes,” he said, “and every organization needs people who know how to write and speak correctly.” All these thought made sense to me, but he really made his point and drove it home some years later when half in jest and half prophetically he said “Who knows? Someday you may be the editor of your own blog.”