December 12, 2018

7 Ways to Break Free From Mediocre Leadership

Listen up you mediocre leaders!

How come you still make the same stupid leadership mistakes over and over again? I know you know better but you continue to self destruct. Your organization is suffering because you can’t put your ego and pride aside.

Why is that?

Don’t you want to be successful? Don’t you want to be admired? Don’t you want respect?

It’s frustrating to see you make mistake after mistake when I know you have it in you to be great. Why else would you start your own business, volunteer to lead an organization or blog about your life’s experiences?

You need to shape up and start doing the hard work to get out of your leadership funk.

You can start by trying some of these simple ways to break free of your mediocre leadership (If you want more help, consider taking my free course Leading from Within)

#1 Hire Stellar People

This goes without saying but I will say it anyway.

Hire people smarter than you.

Don’t get tempted into hiring that dolt cousin of yours just because he needs a job. There’s probably a reason he’s out of work.

Once you hire the great people, let them work. Don’t micromanage their world or take on everything yourself. Give them just enough encouragement at the right time to be effective. You know you micromanage and it just makes you angry and burns you out. It also makes your stellar people angry, unmotivated and wondering why they work with you in the first place.

#2 Keep it Simple Stupid

Why the complexity? What in complexity makes things better?

Stop making things complex.

You know that it’s going to be extremely difficult for people to understand what you do, so break it down but don’t dumb it down. Focus on what’s important to you organization and you. You cannot be all things to all people. Focus on creating services and products that you are good at. Avoid the me too or copying a model that “works.”

Be elegant in your simplicity.

#3 Focus on the Automating the Drudgery

I’m amazed that you still use a checkbook to pay bills. How many other mundane tasks do you do that could be outsourced or automated?

You don’t have to do everything.

Again, leading your organization is about focusing on creating value — not just showing up and pushing papers. Embrace technology but don’t be a slave to it. You still need to work hard to make it all work. So, again, focus on the value you are creating and have technology do the dirty work.

#4 Don’t Complain and Don’t Explain

Everyone has it hard. You are no different than the millions of leaders all around the world. Complaining about your problems is just a sissy way to put them off.

Don’t do it.

If you hit an obstacle, break through it or move around it. No one cares about your problems except your mum. Everyone has problems. People will start to care when they see you breaking through your problems and solving theirs.

#5 Of Course It’s Hard Work

If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of leadership. Running any organization, be it a single person or a multibillion dollar company is hard work. You can’t just show up and expect things to magically happen. You have to take on setbacks and adjust when required. Don’t get lulled into complacency. There are plenty of competitors out there that are just waiting for you to fail.

Relish the work don’t shrink from it.

Oh, one more thing. Don’t give those silly speeches you don’t really mean. Everyone can see through your parlor tricks — so don’t marginalize yourself.

#6 Get It Done Already

Why or why do you sweat the stupid little decision?

Get it done already.

Don’t wait for perfect data or that last 10%. Make a decision and move on. This does not mean you do sloppy or shoddy work. Get it done quick before what you are working on is irrelevant. Once your work is irrelevant, you become irrelevant.

#7 Take Advantage of the Vibe

How come you always kill the buzz?

Let it go.

When you, your organization or your team is on a roll, run with it. Don’t over think or interject yourself where you are not needed. You created the vibe, embrace it and enjoy it. So often, you second guess yourself because you are worried about losing control.

Don’t be.

Let people do their thing and remove as many obstacles as you can. You will be amazed at what you or the people around you can do when you let them just do — it’s liberating.

Enough of the Speeches, Let’s Get Going

See, you know all of this. Why don’t you apply these things? My guess is fear. Why be afraid? You have nothing to loose. Okay, so maybe your ego gets a little bruised or you might lose a little money.

Big deal.

There are more important things to focus on then failure — like success.

So, stop wallowing in self pity and get going — your success as a leader depends on it.


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