Simplifying Leadership: Effective and Authentic Management

I think there is a strong tendency on our part to overestimate the difficulties involved in leadership, overcomplicate it, or simply make it seem harder than it is.

That’s not to say that leadership is easy, because it’s not. Leadership often requires us to show great courage, to go against the flow, to stand up against the majority opinion, or those that are in charge and say things must change.

But difficult is not the same as complicated.

Leadership is pretty straightforward; it’s the execution that can be difficult. And it seems that sometimes to make the execution easier, we overcomplicate leadership, which in turn makes the overall tasks actually more difficult.

Leadership is basically about inspiring our teams to move forward, to become better, or to make changes that need to be made.

To do this, we need to have a vision of the future, one that benefits the team, and a plan for how to get there.

If we can’t create the vision or the plan for how to get there, then we are doomed, no matter how charismatic we are.

We need to share that plan with our teams and communicate it in a way that creates belief—belief in ourselves as leaders, and more importantly, belief in the teams’ ability to be able to achieve it.

Once we do that, we have taken key steps towards success.

Then we need to follow that plan openly and honestly, walking the talk and leading with authenticity.

If we do that, then people will follow us, and we will have a great chance of success.

Too often, people struggle to create the right vision or have a great vision but no clear plan of how to get there. That’s like starting a journey with no clue of the destination, or with no map of how to get there, which will not inspire people to follow you.

Or the vision is not for the benefit of the team, it’s just for the benefit of the leader or the organisation. When there is nothing in it for the team, why should they follow you?

The benefits to the team could just be recognition for having done something good or knowing that they have made a difference in someone’s life, but there has to be something in it for our teams.

So if you are looking to lead or are offered a leadership position, then don’t overcomplicate it, or overthink things, keep it simple.

  • Create a vision and communicate it clearly, highlighting the benefits to the team
  • Create a clear plan which shows how the vision can be achieved
  • Walk the talk

It is that simple!

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