In both individual and team sports performance– just like any other area of performance– athletes bring a particular skillset or specialty to the table. The thing many people don’t realize is that it’s not about “high” performance everyday. As a matter of fact, those moments are very controlled in order to gain the most when it matters. Those matters create true performance flow. As a leader you have the same responsibility of creation for the members of your team.
Actual team outcomes are most powerful when there is alignment. Alignment doesn’t mean shoving people into what needs to be done. It’s about the people, the outcomes, the organization finding synonymy. Natural leaders manage and mentor this well—where they actually are, what is most natural for them, and how to find common ground with the mission.
There’s the what’s best for them, and there’s the “best action” for the leader developer. Two very distinct parts to make growing others’ leadership effective. Yet both fall with the developer—how to let them make that bank of experience up front, and how to follow-up.
Vulnerability is going to always be present. Leaders develop teams with two specific strengths to allow them to proactively function in those vulnerabilities: High-risk focus, and self-selecting your vulnerabilities. Follow it with three action-oriented ways to maximize effectiveness in vulnerability for leaders and everyone else, and you operate like super heroes.
One of our longer episodes, I think the value compounds significantly as the subject progresses!
Extending is a viewpoint that mentoring is not replication. The term embodies the nature of how the relationship works, not simply the visible actions (instruction, advice, look-outs) that make up mentoring. Simple for some, harder for others of us, it humbles us to avoid replication, whipping wide-open that 2-way street that is mentoring.
What you teach about what makes a good leader is as important to the followership as to the leadership—it sets their expectation of their leaders. To me, it boils down to trust. Trust comes from preparation. Preparation comes from resources the leader provides.
In other words, trust is in the leaders’ hands.
Outcome-based change– heck, any change– can bring fear and question marks. When anyone in the chain-of-action is neglected, the organizational leader has failed, even if the change or change leader “succeeds.” How is genuine validation achieved?
On the un-like teaching side, mentoring quite often has open-task goals. That can make actions (just what to do) a bit equally non-specific. By identifying “where” the work is, it allows you to define the factors/situation at hand. Then that automatically drives the needed actions. Understood well, it becomes portable, quick, and executable.
As you build leaders, teams, and strong professionals, the “sense” of responsibility shifts: from task-oriented my-role/your-role to presence of mind. It’s not about “owning” a decision. It’s about perceiving the need for one, assuming the role, and what they do with the ripples of it.
It’s been an AMAZING summer. (Plus bonus time!) This is the fatherhood summer I dreamed of in so many ways. Thanks for the grace in taking the time away. I truly hope yours was as fulfilling.
The kids were out doing and adventuring with neighbors and friends in ways they never have. We took some awesome outdoor adventures, new and elevated, created some historical family get-togethers, and explored things I thought maybe would only be ideas. Now they’re all memories and pieces of us all! It was worth everything that was let go. And I’d do it all over again!
So I come back in here with a would-be back-log of prior ideas– instead I choose to make it forward excitement; only a smattering of new jots that I refused to take the time to dive deep into, and now look forward to unpacking those; and great growing relationships, continuing plans to connect and build. Karl is well into the deepest part of medical school, though we vow to still deliver some formality in our conversations.
Today I bring you something “small,” though I think no person’s idea ever needs to be small. However quick, informal, in passing, or whatever it may be. To somebody at some time it’s big. It’s what they need. And that’s why every single one of us, including you, keeps doing it.