Act Like a Human
As the lights go out on the stage of old-school leadership, acting human is your game-changing solution. Acting human engages people – human engagement facilitates others towards their brilliance. A refreshing burst of humanity at the office outlasts and outshines the paycheck, the office with the view, or driving the company car.
Be One of the Few Who Perfect the Endangered Craft
The new leadership is all about relationships with people. And you can’t relate without listening. It’s impossible. I’m talking about listening at the level you feel like the listener is hanging onto each one of your words like they are the most important words in the world. People will trust you, respect you and shatter their limitations for you when you give them the gift of listening.
We tend to value that which is scarce. We put a premium on objects and experiences we believe will run out: a Limited edition Gucci Ronson sneaker, a two week showing of Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Reserve wine. We are impacted and motivated most by that which we don’t come across everyday or that which comes in a limited supply. Spot the scarcity and rock it.
Be the Most Positive Person in the Room
Powerful leaders neutralize the infectious cycle of negativity; they deploy hope where it’s seemingly forsaken. Enlisting yourself as the most positive person in the room breaks the binds of negativity. Change the music and people will either stop dancing or start dancing a new step. Either way, it will set a precedence.
Go Bigger than Your Paycheck
Have the audacity to go bigger than your role. If a colleague is struggling to meet a deadline or lagging in productivity, be the first to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to help out. Knock the status quo “it’s not my job” to its knees and do more than you are paid for.
Be the Perfect Investment
When it comes to your relationships, be a dream investment: low cost with exceptional high return. Prove to be a no gossip, no games, no regrets, no maintenance investment of other people’s time and focus. Manage yourself with others at the highest level possible – a.k.a with grace.
Get Naked in Your Conversations
Make your conversations count. Speak with candor. Brave the real issue. Say only that which is helpful: don’t use your words to criticize or divide. Anybody can do that. Be radically honest, define reality. Trust is born out of the truth. Sloganeering and masking the truth breeds mistrust and disrespect. Go to the difficult truths and people will go the mile with you.
Get Famous for Reliability
Become known for acts of reliability. Reliability translates into ownership and taking ownership is a way to present yourself as a leader. Every single person needs to take ownership of the organization’s results. Everyone needs to take responsibility for what does or does not get accomplished in a day. Anyone can reach success if they consistently do the right things.
Turn Everyone Into a Cover Story
Commit to noticing everyone. The young new associate in the elevator on Monday morning, the CFO’s assistant, the receptionist, the customers, the interns… Remember everyone’s contributions, what’s important to her, what he does well, and what makes everyone smile. Everyone is worthy of being the next cover story and leaders show it.