During the often-hectic day of a leader, many thoughts run through a leader’s head. Meetings, reviews, and lectures can consume the mind of a leader. And so it is without surprise that some crucial elements of leadership get unintentionally forgotten.
What leadership principles are easy to forget? Here are three of them:
- It is not about them, but their team. Andrew Carnegie emphasized the importance of the team by saying, “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” Leaders need their team. Great leadership books have emphasized this over and over again. Leaders are at their best when they are concerned more about their teams than themselves.
- They are Chief Reminding Officers (CROs). I stole this term from Patrick Lencioni. Leaders must constantly remind their team of the vision they are chasing. More than likely, the leader will get tired of being repetitive. And that is fine. It is at this moment that everyone else is just beginning to get it. Remind, remind, and remind.
- Gratitude requires words. Leaders cannot assume that their team knows that they are thankful for their work. They cannot assume that their team knows that they are doing a good job. Words have power. Leaders must articulate gratitude. It is amazing what the words “thank you” can do to the morale of a team member.
As a leader, your day will be busy. But it is important that you are busy with the right things. Reminding yourself to focus on the team, point everyone to the vision, and verbalize gratitude will help to make sure you do not miss out on a few essential elements of leadership.