Great Leaders Do
BY BILL MURPHY JR.
In Difficult Time!!!
Great leadership seems easy when things are good and everybody's
happy. When times grow tough, however, a leader's true colors are
revealed. Do you know what to do as a leader when you're suddenly
under fire? Here's a guide from someone who led in a real firefight.
1. Control your fear.
Courage doesn't mean the absence of fear. It also doesn't mean
charging ahead blindly in the face of adversity. It does mean you can't
allow your fear to become contagious. Your team needs to believe
you're in control of yourself, if they're to have confidence that you can
make smart decisions in tough times.
You owe a lot to your team for giving you the privilege of
placing their trust in you. First on the list, you owe them a goal
worth dedicating their efforts to, and you need to demonstrate
that you're willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it.
2. Remember that the mission comes first.
3. Remember that the mission comes before you, too.
In combat, this means being willing to risk your own safety for others
in the unit and the mission. In other contexts, it means demonstrating
that you'll sacrifice your personal short-term interests for the team's
goal. Otherwise, how can you ask them to do so?
4. Rely on your preparation.
While training alone will never quite prepare you to lead in real
life, it's as close as you can get to the real thing. Think ahead of
time about how you'll react to tough situations, so you can free
your mind in crucial moments to react and adapt quickly.
5. Be tough, but human.
"To those who have been in combat, they live by hardness, intuition, and
compassion." Great leaders can also be found moments of humanity and
even humor in the heat of combat. Your team needs to know that you're
tough, but also that you're reacting to the world around you like an
engaged leader, not a machine.
6. Encourage your people.
Great leader treats their team as if they were all special. The next
day after any [casualty], he would remind them that each of them
had already sacrificed themselves for each other on a daily basis--
and how, if required, he would sacrifice himself for any of them.
7. Communicate effectively.
It's important to make communicating what's going on a priority as
well. Your team and all of your stakeholders need to know what's going
on, or they can't contribute. When technology fails, you need to have
backup ways of getting and giving information.
8. Use your resources wisely. But use them.
Great leaders make full use of everything they have. At the end
of the working week, they will reflect on how they use the
resources and update the status to their team continually. They
will guide all of them to utilize the resources at maximum.
9. Imitate the leaders who inspire you.
When his team players' eyes are on him, great leader thinks back to
the lessons he had learned, and some of the other leaders he has
known and respected. Regardless of where you work, always continue
to learn what makes leaders successful and what makes them fail.
“Leadership is action, not position.”
– Donald H. McGannon
Thank You Very Much