As parents, managers or entrepreneurs, we have had to assume leadership roles. How relevant are these skills when working towards the best possible result? When acting as a leader, not only do we have the responsibility to reach a goal, within that role, we must also form new leaders.
Through simple exercises, we can implement leader habits by responding to cues that occur in every situation. In other words, Leadership skills could be best understood as a series of learned patterns.
Learning a new skill takes time. By breaking a complex process into micro ones, we can produce more effective results. Imagine playing a song, by segmenting the song into micro-segments, and focusing on each micro-segment at a time, we could not only learn the whole song, but we would be creating a habit. In essence, habits are ingrained into micro behaviors.
Let’s divide Leadership into two main categories:
Getting things done and Focusing on People. The first category includes Planning and Execution; within these two subcategories are Managing Priorities, Planning and Organizing Work, Delegating Well, and Creating Urgency. Consequently, if a Leader could acquire one micro behavior at a time, then it would be more conducive to link a series of micro-behaviors and master a complex skill.
The idea is to develop each of these micro behaviors in us so that they are automatic before starting the next one. Once we can master this skill, we can begin to work on prioritizing tasks. The goal is to develop simple cues with its corresponding intrinsic reward cycle. Practice makes perfect and effortless.
Focusing on People also requires developing the same cycle, with the difference that each micro behavior requires Influencing Others. The cue for this may be to listen to someone complaining about something. One micro, in this case, may require working out unstated or implied questions that other people could have. By practicing this, we can better fulfill their needs.
Leaders that focus on Influencing People have a mild advantage when it comes to achieving results. These sets of skills have a higher concentration on Persuasion and Influence, Growing People and Teams, and Interpersonal Skills. The underlying assets of Persuasion and Influence are: Influence Others, Overcome Individual Resistance, and Negotiate Well.
When leading a successful team, it is critical that the team would be ready and able to change their methods and targets on demand. When one or more of the team members show a lack of enthusiasm, acknowledging their concern is necessary.
Leadership is not about knowledge; it is about investing a few minutes a day on micro-behaviors.