If you are a leader you are first and foremost tasked with delivering results. Continuously delivering results can prove challenging. There are numerous obstacles, objections and setbacks to deal with. At the same time, your ability to deliver results can be enhanced by doing some simple things.
Be Clear About The Outcome You Want
Vague objectives or outcomes produce sub-optimal results. Getting clarity on results can really make a big difference. Sometimes it is a case of sitting down and really specifying what you want to have happened once the result is achieved and working back from there.
Take People With You
All leaders need to have followers. For people to follow you, it is essential that you can get their buy-in. People need to be convinced what’s in it for them as well as what’s good for the organisation. Don’t just try to impose your ideas, listen to and respond to people’s ideas, insights and concerns if you want to take people with you.
Balance Short and Long Term
It is easy to fall into the trap of looking for just short term fixes or responding to the here and now. The challenge for the leader is to find the right balance between the short term day to day issues and the longer term vision.
The Bottom Line: Being a leader is challenging and you need to consistently deliver results, no matter what challenges you face.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements Ltd works with accountants and health professionals to improve their leadership and management capability. He invites you to sign up for his free audio e-course Leadership Success
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.