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3 Key Ideas to Help Business Leaders Succeed - March 2013

1. Leadership is not about attributes it’s about behaviour
In a January 2013 article for Harvard Business Review on management versus leadership, experienced change expert, Dr John Kotter explains that Leadership is not about attributes but rather about behaviour. A great point for many businesses to reflect on. Being technically skilled and in a senior position does not necessarily mean somebody is a ‘leader’ within an organization. As the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words”. You can read more by clicking here.

2. ‘Change’ is the new normal for businesses
The ‘new normal’ for businesses is that of constant change and this requires a different mindset as a leader to focus on the things you can change (internal locus of control) and not be distracted by the things you cannot (external locus of control). Ensure you don’t overwhelm your teams with too many projects that cause them to become stagnant. Prioritize those projects that will have the biggest impact on achieving the vision for the business or projects that remove barriers to more strategic initiatives.

3. Leveraging your team to implement change effectively
Increased accountability and communication is required internally to help team members stay focused on key priorities. Instead of attempting to engage your entire team, focus on the top 25% of performers.  Provide them with common problem solving and strategy development tools so that they can be constantly refining and improving processes while staying on track with the overall direction of the business.  Business leaders need to continue developing their own skills and having high energy levels to ensure they lead by example. Walk the talk at all times.  

by James Atkins, Vantage Strategy & Marketing

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