Do you have the right mindset as a leader?

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All The Way Leadership! believes a new mindset is needed. One that acknowledges that too many organizations are over-managed and under-led.

Too many companies are following the Common Management Model rather than the Uncommon Leadership Model.

Their performance suffers, and they do not even know it.

There is a better way, if only they would choose to follow it.

I read a book called Mindset. In there there’s this very simple concept that Carol Dweck talks about, which is if you take two people, one of them is a learn-it-all and the other one is a know-it-all, the learn-it-all will always trump the know-it-all in the long run, even if they start with less innate capability.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

The modern-day manager views his career as a ladder. One that he must climb in order to be viewed as successful. The picture below is the classic example. Notice three things about this manager.

First — he is staring up. Looking good to his boss is more important than taking care of his people.

Second — he is dressed for success. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have is the mantra. No need to roll up your sleeves. Hard work is for others.

Third — he is alone. This manager believes that the way you get ahead is by taking care of yourself first, others next.

This modern day manager is climbing the ladder - alone.
This modern day manager is climbing the ladder - alone.
This modern-day manager is climbing the ladder — alone.

A high performing leader views the work world as an obstacle course. Her job is to get her team to the finish line.

Think Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, or Warrior Dash races.

The picture below is a good depiction of this kind of leader. She is tough. She is strong. She is not afraid. Note three differences when contrasted with the modern-day manager.

First — she is not looking up and moving on. Instead, she is leaning back to help others.

Second — she is dressed for battle. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty. After all — no one wears a suit to an obstacle course race.

Third — she is part of a team. She leads a group that is getting after it. Making it happen. This leader believes that if you take care of your people, they will take care of you. She is right.

The All The Way Leader helps others move ahead. Photo credit - Reebok Spartan Race
The All The Way Leader helps others move ahead. Photo credit - Reebok Spartan Race
All The Way Leaders help others move ahead. Photo credit — Reebok Spartan Race

As leaders let’s face it. We need to deal with the harsh reality of the modern world. It is an obstacle course.

It is a complex maze littered with challenges that can hinder progress.

Successfully navigating the course is challenging.

If you are a leader — think about it. When is the last time you had an easy day, a silky smooth week, a care-free month, or a year without major difficulty?

It does not exist. Leaders are expected to deliver results in this environment.

I am not arguing that we have it worse off than our predecessors.

Instead, I am highlighting the fact that we need all the help we can get making progress in today’s hyper-competitive world.

Getting through obstacles can be challenging.
Getting through obstacles can be challenging.
Getting through obstacles can be challenging.

Effective leaders recognize the importance of teamwork. It takes a team to get through an obstacle course.

Trust me. I was snookered into a Spartan Sprint race a few years ago by a friend. We had a small but mighty team. There is no way we would have finished without working together as a team.

It really helped to have team members to brainstorm ideas before attempting each obstacle. If an approach did not work we came up with a new idea.

We kept trying until we cleared the obstacle. We started the course as a team and finished as a team. It was an awesome feeling when we reached the end.

At All The Way Leadership, we believe the team approach is the better way to get to the finish line. Don’t go it alone. You may not make it.

Sometimes we need help getting over an obstacle.
Sometimes we need help getting over an obstacle.
Sometimes we need help getting over an obstacle.

All the Way Leadership! will continue releasing relevant content for leaders who are looking to increase their effectiveness, to get better at completing the obstacle course.

We will discuss important topics like how to take care of your team members for maximum results.

We will start publishing a weekly leadership journal later this year. It will contain curated content from a diverse set of leading experts.

This summer we plan to launch our first online leadership course.

We will do all that we can to help leaders everywhere get their team to the finish line.

Working as a team gets you to the finish line. Photo courtesy of Spartan.com
Working as a team gets you to the finish line. Photo courtesy of Spartan.com
Working as a team gets you to the finish line. Photo courtesy of Spartan.com

The good news is that the more courses you and your team complete the better you will become. Your confidence will grow at each finish line.

Just remember — as your career grows you will be asked to run harder obstacle courses. The length and complexity of the course will increase.

If you and your team cannot handle the obstacles in front of you now, you are in trouble.

When I ran the Spartan race plenty of people quit. They did not finish the course. Don’t be like that. Become an effective leader who is good at getting your team to the finish line.

The leader who others turn to when they are dealing with their own obstacle course.

I hope you join me on this journey to raise up the next generation of leaders.

The world is in desperate need of more great leaders.

Women and men who lead with confidence, clarity, and creativity. It’s time to become the leader that your world needs. Let’s go All The Way!

All The Way Leadership!

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All The Way Leadership! will help you become a strong leader by teaching you the three core competencies of leadership: confidence, clarity, and creativity. Visit https://www.allthewayleadership.com/ to find out more

Leader and learner. Father of two young men. Novice blogger, www.lettertosons.com, Founder of All The Way Leadership! http://www.allthewayleadership.com/

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