Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Part 2
Are you smarter than a 5th grader? A game show produced by the Fox network in which adult contestants attempt to answer questions that are found in the textbooks of elementary age students (1st–5th grade). The game show has a humorous approach as adults realize that they are usually “not” smarter than a 5th grader.
In leadership this idea can be humorously approached as well. Are we smarter than a 5th grader? Do we find ourselves making foolish mistakes and unwise choices that shouldn’t be made? Do we not understand basic principles that all leaders should know? Like the adults in the game show, are we realizing that we have forgotten some “Leadership Basics?”
In our last article we discovered that if you are smarter than a 5th grader you will:
Focus on more than yourself
Praise publicly and reprimand privately
Be clear about the process and purpose of your organization
Here are some more leadership basics that will help you to be smarter than a 5th grader:
1) Leaders never stop learning
As individuals our learning curve comes to a stop or at least to a very slow crawl when we stop attending high school or college. This is a big mistake if you are a leader. Leaders should never stop learning. You must continue to learn and grow from every resource possible. I am continually “discouraged” as a motivational speaker and life coach to discover that many leaders have not made it a priority to continue their leadership development. How can you stay on the cutting edge and expect your organization to grow, if you don’t grow yourself?
2) Leaders are strategic about the future, not just reactive
Most leaders make the mistake of becoming more reactive than strategic. They enter their day or week reacting to the problems and situations that come their way. Although this is part of being a leader, it is not the only part. A leader must also be strategic. They must lead by being strategic in their thinking and planning. True leadership sets the course! Ask yourself, “do I know where the organization is headed in the next 2-5 years?” Then ask yourself, “do I know what kind of resources and staff I will need?”
3) Leaders work hard at connecting
John C. Maxwell writes in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, “a leader touches a heart before they ask for a hand.” In other words a true leader realizes the value of connecting with people. If leadership is influence, than the only way to gain influence is to connect with people. As a leader you have to be smart enough to know that people are your greatest asset and that connecting with them is how you gain influence and build your team. Love on people, encourage people, lift people, seek the best for them, make them better than they are and you will begin to earn a voice in their life and connect with them at a much deeper level.
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow
you everywhere if only out of curiosity.”
– Colin Powell
Posted on January 26, 2010, in choices, Habits, Leadership, Relationships and tagged continued learning, Effective Leader, Habits, Human Relations, Leadership, Planning for success, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.