The concept of execution in the business world is a multifaceted exercise, especially from the perspective of the leader.
I call it “checking all the boxes” – moving the machine hour by hour, day by day, and year by year, towards its ultimate goal.
Because it’s obviously important to do this, it often can overwhelm our brains and put us in a position where we operate as if our “job” is:
Get Stuff Done
But is that really a leader’s job?
I don’t believe so.
Rather, it’s a byproduct of the number one job of a leader. And actually, if that job is performed the way it’s supposed to be, the byproduct would be:
Get Stuff Done Really, Really Well
The trouble is, the leader’s number one job is commonly thought of as a “touchy feely” exercise – something that involves a lot more than our brains. It also puts our hearts in play. It’s the more human side of leadership.
And THAT can be a really scary thing.
So scary, that many leaders don’t even try to go there. They just say “do this” or “do that“, or “here’s the plan” or “we better get this done on time“, and keep focusing on getting those boxes checked.
Sure, it can work, but it isn’t sustainable.
Leaders have to step up, and INSPIRE people, every day.
That involves bringing in your passion, and your heart. It’s about inspiring people to believe in the company vision and values, and to figure out what’s really in it FOR THEM – job fulfillment and satisfaction.
And like Zig Ziglar said in the quote in the box above, the inspiration needs to be delivered constantly, because just like you, your teammates can also be consumed by the “check the boxes” mentality.
The good news is that the inspiration can be delivered in many ways, and many styles. You don’t have to be Tony Robbins to be an inspirational leader, but you do have to overcome the fear of going “soft”, and speak from your heart.
You also have to love what YOU do, and show that love and enthusiasm, always.
The net result are teammates that love their jobs, know what’s expected of them, and WHY, and most importantly, believe in YOU.
Then the “get stuff done really, really well” thing kicks in, and stays kicked in.
Because you are doing your number one job every day.
Go inspire, and lead well!