What Does Leadership Look Like?

Posted by J. Scott on Jul 01, 2018


Whenever I get the opportunity I ask people to close their eyes and tell me what they see when I say the word “leadership” or “leader”. Almost everyone imagines a superhero type looking off into the distance with a bunch of people standing behind ready to follow.  Ironically, that is not at all what leadership actually looks like.  Leadership… is what took place before all of those people lined up to follow.

Communication is our only leadership tool…  We lead with words, voice, tone modulation and body language.  That’s it!  Leaders get people connected to an idea and excited about building something, or doing something. 

Leaders need to have vision, clarity and the ability to crisply and energetically communicate that vision.  Great leaders understand that communication isn’t just a leadership tool, it’s also a “followership tool”.

When a leader delivers instructions, receives acceptance and watches their followership march off on a mission, they won’t know if they succeeded as a leader until they measure the outcome. This is a lag measure.

Great leaders measure their “leadership effectiveness” in the moment, without having to wait for the outcome.  The most effective leadership is a two-way conversation.  The leader shares their vision and their follower communicates what they heard and how they feel about it.  In this exchange the leader has the opportunity to adjust until both the leader and the follower share the same vision. This is a lead measure...  The feedback you receive from the follower is predictive of the outcome.

So… when someone says “follow me”, they mean listen to me.  When someone says “I don’t understand”, they mean…  I’m not following you.

In summary, leadership looks a lot like a two-way conversation.

Topics: #agile, #ServantLeadership, #leadership, #changeleadership, #ProjectLeadership

Written by J. Scott

I am a father, entrepreneur, philanthropist and CEO. My PURPOSE is to inspire people to reach for THEIR potential. I enable my fortune 100 clients to successfully execute Project Portfolio Management and enterprise-wide change efforts that generate breakthrough results, create meaningful jobs that my team members love, and run a company that leverages its successful business platform to drive positive transformational change in the world.
Find me on:

Schedule a Free 1-hr Consultation

Companies are optimized for the results they are getting. From their process, culture and the team members they hire. People hire in their image and fundamentally believe their ideas are sound.

Increasing your organizations change readiness, and increasing your ability to complete projects efficiently with near 100% user adoption on day one isn’t easy, but it can be.

We would love to provide you with a clear-eyed, objective assessment of your current capabilities, or simply throw some ideas around with you. 

Just give us a little bit of information about yourself and one of our senior consultants will be in touch to schedule some time with you.

Click Here To Schedule

Subscribe Here!

Recent Posts