Are You a Great Leader? (hint: answer it again at the end of this blog)
One of the most important thing a leader can do (and some would argue – a must for a leader – and “managers” aren’t really good at it): Setting the Vision. (At least, that is what traditional schools of thought have called it. “New Age” theory calls it “manifestation” or “intention.”) I happen to have cut my teeth in BOTH schools of thought. It is extremely important that no matter which school you find your leadership style, or a hybrid in-between, you understand something crucial about it:
Setting the vision, “manifesting” what you and your team want, IS important. It IS first. Yet, there is something even more crucial beyond it.
Let’s start with a metaphor: you wish a brilliant and bountiful harvest, an incredible crop of riches and Greatness. You cannot merely ask and focus and vision the end product. You must ACT like a great farmer!
Ponder this: if a farmer did want a great crop, but only acted like an average or above-average farmer, he would only get an average or above-average crop. Anything bigger would be luck. And while that does happen occasionally (think 1999 or 2007 – even 1928!) when the drought and locusts and other bad luck hits you, yes, your crop suffers, but great farmers don’t think: “I suck at farming.” They deal with the tragedy and come back bigger than ever.
The lesson? Plant seeds like a Great Farmer. Water like a Great Farmer. Weed like a Great Farmer. And thus, you will harvest what a Great Farmer harvests.
Now, let’s apply this to your business and team. Do you know what a Great Leader not only visions, but also sets into motion with his or her actions? If you don’t, if you haven’t written it down, if you are not implementing it top to bottom, and inspiring them to do the very same in their space… then you may vision great, but it is not likely you will get great. (and correspondingly, most “managers” or average/ above-average leaders don’t vison great because they don’t know what Great Farmers really do. So if that is you, then it is time to figure that out.)
Watch this space next week: I will conclude this with another metaphor that will not only rock your business… I promise it will make your love relationship (or search for one) even more amazing, too. And when you apply it to your team?? Oh my, watch out!