Investing in Leadership by Jose Costa at Huffington Post on 22 November 2013.
This article does not speak to spending money on leadership training; rather, it speaks to the leader investing his/her TIME with the employees. The author, President of MAACO, has found that three main principles have worked for him:
- Taking the lead – not being dictatorial, but rather understanding how to optimally influence each member of your team to achieve the desired results.
- Create collaboration, maintain meritocracy – sharing of knowledge and communicating the vision. Plus, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with the rest of the team.
- Recognize and reward – “recognition should be immediate, frequent and public.”
My favourite quote comes from the 2nd section:
“Leading is not only about doing. It is about listening, communicating, interacting and working with — not over — your team. It’s about using your leadership power to empower everyone else.”