All successful businesses share 1 trait: strong leadership. Strong leaders find solutions and lead their teams to success. While there is no one true way to ensure success, there are a couple of strategies that greatly increase the chances of a successful outcome.
Opportunities come and go, sometimes the door is only opened once and for a brief moment. Being ready at the time of the opportunity is more often than not, a luxury. Taking the leap and seizing the opportunity while it’s still available is something you’ll have to get comfortable with.
Overplanning can potentially lead to a missed opportunity. Preparing once you hear about an opportunity is difficult and oftentimes it’s already too late to create a fully-fledged plan. If you have processes already in place for that scenario, then it’s a no brainer, take the opportunity and run with it. Having a plan set for a specific situation is highly unlikely and treading uncharted waters may be daunting, even with a dependable team behind you.
Taking action is better than inaction. If problems arise, they can be analyzed and solved and the situation can be salvaged. If no action is taken and the door closes on an opportunity, there is no telling if it will ever present itself again. The value given to actions is that you will have chances, if you hit obstacles, you always can always put in work and get over them. The cost of inaction is a completely missed opportunity, with no opportunity to get it back.
The Ability To Lead Up And Down The Chain Of Command
Leading down the chain of command should be self explanatory. It is the act of guiding a team that works under you to success. The ability to properly lead is a bit more complex. You have to be a part of the planning stage as well as the execution of said plan. While you can let a member of your team take ownership of a situation, it is always good to give your insights on the matter due to your unique perspective. While your success rate is clearly tied to how you lead your own team, leading up the chain is a bit different.
In relation to how your views are different compared to your team’s views, they are also different from your superiors. Essentially think macro vs micro, you are the bridge between the higher ups and the boots on the ground, thus putting you in a very unique position with valuable insight. When leading up the chain of command it is important to note that you will have to be as tactful and as skillful as you can be. Situational awareness is the driving factor you must use to convince upper management that your decision is correct. You must stay professional, you will be talking to people who outrank you so situational awareness, experience, influence, and proper communication skills are your tools to lead upwards.
Make sure you’re able to accept criticisms. You’re able to see a unique view of a situation, but don’t forget that your superiors also have a unique view and they might have been in your position before. If you go in with the mentality that they know more than you, you’re more likely to treat them with respect, even if your goal is to change the overall plan.
People often say money buys freedom, but what if you have no money? Are you always going to lack freedom because of the lack of capital? If you rephrase the saying to “discipline buys freedom”, then anything is possible. If you need more money, you need to be disciplined in order to save up. You need to stop yourself from spending on unnecessary things, you need to devise a plan that allows you to spend less money to get things done and you do these things by being disciplined.
In a different example, being disciplined gets you more free time. By following a schedule and maintaining your time properly, you can optimize the time you spend working, thus freeing up time later on. If you’ve set up a decentralized command style of management, you need to trust your team to do their part, micromanaging them breaks your schedule and removes any free time that you might have had if you stuck to your schedule.
It all begins with small steps. Self discipline doesn’t happen overnight, you have to start with small victories in order to condition yourself to make the right choices. From something as simple as forgoing the snooze button and getting up can later evolve into completing your goals in the time you’ve allotted.
Putting it all together
All three combined points create a recipe for success. Taking opportunities as they come gives you a chance to succeed, being able to lead your team and those above you in certain situations also raises the chance of success as the coordination will allow for actions to be made quicker, lastly being disciplined enough to make the right choices gives you the advantage in any situation. The work culture these strategies create also benefits the entire organization. Performing at a higher and more efficient level inspires others on the team and as a leader that’s what you should strive for, as your team’s success is your success .