Sometimes it all boils down to math.
Even for something as inherently “unmathmatical” as great leadership of an awesome team.
I’ve discovered that being a successful leader involves a lot of adding and multiplying that go beyond the numbers on a financial statement, or an employee roster.
The kind of math I’m talking about deals with human qualities and traits.
A savvy leader knows how to use those traits in various additive and multiplicative ways, to make a team infinity better than its component individuals.
How so? Take a look at what I call the “Leadership Equation”:
The first part of the equation summarizes the qualities needed in every single employee.
“Pr” is Pride. Doing a good job has to be a personal feeling that it’s just the right thing to do – it just can’t be “because someone told me to”
“Pa” is Passion. Everyone has to like what they do to excel at it. There’s no getting around this one.
“CS” is Common Sense. It’s not all in the employee handbook and instruction manuals – everybody, and especially customer facing teammates, must be able to make those daily practical judgments that make a huge difference between greatness and mediocrity
These qualities are great, but they need to be amplified by a supervisor or manager.
“Fc” is Focus. The manager needs to make sure that the company’s short and long-term objectives are always in the front of everyone’s mind, as well as make sure that every individual clearly understands what is expected of them on a day-to-day basis. Nobody should ever take their eye off the ball.
“Pe” is Persistence We all make mistakes. We all come off the rails on occasion. Or make the wrong decision. The businesses that prevail are the ones that relentlessly keep pushing forward while learning well from the setbacks along the way.
Finally, the top leaders need to apply the most powerful multipliers of them all.
“Vi” is Vision. What’s the overarching goal? The “big, hairy, and audacious” goal? Why are we doing what we’re doing, and why is it important to every single person in the organization? What are our shared values? The top leaders, by effectively articulating the answers to these questions, can inject a booster shot into the momentum already created by the lower part of the equation.
“PI” is Positive Inspiration. I’ve always remembered this quote by Colin Powell – “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier”. I fervently believe that injecting a “can do” spirit and a positive, “up” energy is an absolutely essential part of any success equation.
See, it’s just math! 🙂
Use this equation in your leadership practice, and build your own awesome team.