Z to A of Leadership (Q to O)

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

There’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why each week we’re exploring just three words related to leadership in our Z to A of Leadership series. Why did we start with Z, you might ask? Because great leaders start with the end in mind.

Q is for Quick: Whether it’s quick in mind or action, a leader grasps concepts and takes action without a long delay. Part of a leader’s gift is being able to quickly and accurately make an assessment of a situation, an employee, an opportunity. Based on that assessment, the leader isn’t afraid to move ahead or change directions in order to benefit the organization.

P is for Productive: Leaders get things done – through others and through their own efforts. Furthermore, they understand that making progress can inspire employees and teams. When working with a team, leaders remove obstacles, channel output in the right direction and take great care not squelch productivity unless absolutely necessary.

O is for Open: An “open door” policy. A willingness to be open and transparent in conversations. An openness to others’ opinions and ideas. In all of these ways, a leader is characterized by his or her accessibility and responsive attitude. This openness serves a leader well with interpersonal realtionships, as well as in helping a business evolve.

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Z to A of Leadership: R through T

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

With theories, strategies and advice from experts that you must use, being a good leader can feel really difficult. But, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why each week we’re exploring three words in our Z to A of Leadership series.

Each week we highlight three letters from the alphabet. Why did we start with Z, you might ask? Because great leaders start with the end in mind.

R for Risk: Rather than running from the unknown, a leader identifies, assesses and balances risk.  Leaders are always looking to innovate and evolve their organizations and there can be no innovation without taking a risk.   A leader understands that there will be failures along the way, and not every investment is going to pay off.  If you do fail, you learn from it and move on.  Without risk, we don’t learn and grow as individuals, and ultimately, your organization will become irrelevant.   

S for Strategy: Leaders have the ability to create a strategy in order to execute their vision. Having a high-level strategy allows leaders to guide their teams in exploring new possibilities without committing to a specific, fixed plan at the outset. With the big picture in mind, leaders remain nimble and can address challenges, making it more likely that they will ultimately achieve their goals.

T for Thankful: True leaders understand the meaning of being thankful – for their role, for their team and for the opportunity to create a legacy. The benefits of being thankful extend beyond a leader’s day-to-day experiences to an overall attitude and increased satisfaction with life. Many studies suggest that people who are thankful have higher levels of well-being – including better control over their environment and the ability to cope with difficult situations – further proof that a thankful approach can serve a leader in many ways.

Stay focused on the simplicity in leadership. Pick one of these words and focus on it. Be the most effective leader you can be this week.

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Z to A of Leadership (W to U)

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

With theories, strategies and advice from experts that you must use, being a good leader can feel really difficult. But, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why each week we’re exploring three words in our Z to A of Leadership series.

Each week we highlight three letters from the alphabet. Each letter will has a corresponding word that relates to leadership. Why did we start with Z, you might ask? Because leaders look at situations from every angle, not just from “the beginning”. To catch up on previous posts in the series, click here.

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W for Willing: Leaders are ready to: take on new challenges, to fail, to help others, to learn. Whatever the task may be, leaders demonstrate that they are willing.

V for Vision: Leaders know that there’s more to do than just the to-do list. They have an idea or a dream for what can be and they use that to take organizations to the next level.

U for Unique: There’s something different about a leader – in some way he or she is exceptional, stands out from others, distinguishes him or herself from the crowd.

Remember – keep it simple. Pick one of these words and let it help you be the most effective leader you can be this week.

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Z to A of Leadership: Z through X

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Photo Courtesy: Ben Sutherland

With theories, strategies and advice from experts that you must use, being a good leader can feel really difficult. But, there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. That’s why we’re starting a new series, The Z to A of Leadership, here at the RTP Leadership blog. We hope you’ll join us for the next nine weeks.

Each week we’ll highlight three letters from the alphabet. Each letter will have a corresponding word that relates to leadership. Why are we starting with Z, you might ask? Because leaders look at situations from every angle, not just from “the beginning”.

 

  • Z for ZEAL: Leaders have a feeling of interest and enthusiasm their role that makes him or her eager or determined to lead people.
  • Y for YES: Leaders know how to say no but more importantly, they’re also willing to say yes.
  • X for X-Ray: Leaders can see through the mess, the politics and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to lead the way.

Remember – keep it simple. Pick one of these words and let it help you be the most effective leader you can be this week.

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