The changing face of leadership and the skills that are necessary to be successful in the modern age move and change with the time. Success as a leader requires you to maintain a relevant mindset and become self-aware of your impact on people.
Looking back on my leadership career, much of what I learned were examples I had observed as a child and through my growing years. Many of those examples don’t work in the modern age of leadership, and I had to adjust and change along the way .
Over the years, it was my facilitation skills that helped me become a better leader. I would simply facilitate to my core values, assess a class’ strengths, and instinctively guide, move, pause or redirect my facilitation to the betterment of the participants. I called it “pivoting with the participants”. Even though the journey zigzagged everyday, we found a way to achieve our goals and get to the end with everyone satisfied.
Learning to be a great facilitator is a key to modern leadership. The ability to guide people to find solutions is key to learning and leading. I believe all the answers are in the room, and it’s the facilitators job to create the path, just like a leader should today.
In the 21st century, with facilitating in mind, here are my tips for great leadership :
- Define and recheck your message. Define boundaries and expectations.
- Train on core values, what will drive engagement. It’s always the people that execute the process, not the other way around.
- Be aware and listen to current leader influencers who keep you relevant and current with the times. The top influencers see leading from a very global level . Everyone needs multiple influencers and mentors.
- Once you have a vision, be ready to define and explain your “why”. It’s the “why” that drives people to perform beyond what they thought was possible.
- Finally, be authentic, communicate often, embrace coaching , silently remove roadblocks, and champion a team mindset
Remember, autonomy is not a bad word. At any given time, people are learning or moving towards a task or goal. If they are learning, give them direction, and if they are doing, support the effort and coach .
In our current climate there are no best practices, just “next practices” as leadership is a moving target and needs to be recalibrated often.
Ken Blanchard said “Leading is what you do with people, not to people…”. That holds true … good luck.
Reach out with any questions, developing great leaders is what I do!