Over my 30 years of working with senior leaders, I have seen the good the bad and the very ugly. It seems that any “C’ level person who has the privilege to put a “E” as their second letter in their title through a promotion automatically is hit with a cosmic ray from deep space that creates behavior that many times creates a lack of optimization in their workforce.
Specifically, most CEO’s, senior leaders lose their perspective on the reality of their business and their people both direct and indirect. I have concluded this behavioral change is not out of malice or intent but a brain cell alteration that tends to create ego maniacal characteristics. I am joking of course but if you’re honest with yourself you have to acknowledge my point.
The best Leaders formulate the vision for their company, integrate all employees. Subs and vendors into the execution of that vision, and then become cheer leaders throughout their organization indentifying and acknowledging behaviors that demonstrate momentum towards the desired outcome. Additionally, on a qualitative level, nothing helps create trust more with the entire workforce than a CEO being real with their people. Leaders need to understand the enormous power you have with the lives of your employees. With that power comes intimidation and a natural filtration of information. Unless employees really see the real you, and that you consistently demonstrate your desire to get honest feedback, you will always be removed from the pulse of your business.
Many leaders are convinced they are in touch with their employees and that their demeanor is nothing short of Dr Phil. Sorry, you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here is a short list of how to be the very best ………
So, it’s not rocket science but certainly from this writer’s perspective something rarely seen in today’s leadership model. Give it a try, I promise you will see immediate results.