Focused Leadership is a book which provides you a synopsis of the approach I diligently crafted, refined and applied in order to get the leadership results I desired over my 30-year career leading large and small organization in Fortune 500 companies as well venture capital backed start-ups. In Focused Leadership I have incorporated a series of informative and concise discussions regarding my leadership approach, which I now call the “10-Step Approach to Leading and Winning”.
Step 5: Energize Others to Do Their Best
As the leader, you have a powerful effect on your team. When you walk into a room, your team members feel either taller or smaller. Yet, many unfocused leaders are often not conscious of this important aspect and responsibility of leadership.
As a leader, you have more power than you think. Conversely, you will also get more out of what you focus on. When you focus on energizing and empowering your entire team, you will not only make your team members feel taller when you walk in the room, you will also reap the rewards of improved performance and increased commitment to the task at hand.
In my experience, you can easily energize your team members by maintaining a positive view of their contribution and proactively sharing this perception with them. This includes letting them know that you think they are smart and hardworking, expressing gratitude for their efforts, reminding them why their work is important to the mission and emphasizing the difference they are making to the organization.
Conversely, empowerment requires more focus, attention and involvement. First of all, empowerment is more than delegation. It is also more than just sharing your power and your authority with others. Empowerment involves determining the level of power and authority you are willing to give and the level that your team members are willing to accept.
However, the independent entrepreneurship and initiative gained through empowerment will lead to higher levels of team member energy, contribution, commitment, engagement, innovation, productivity and involvement in decision making.
Within the framework of the Focused Leadership approach, proactively energizing and empowering your team is a powerful catalyst for maximizing team member contributions and achieving maximum performance. Then, you must provide the coaching and tactical direction required to obtain the desired results.
Be mindful of the 21st century reality that working comprises a large portion of our lives. I have always believed that making work as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible is the role and responsibility of a focused leader.
Energize Other to Do Their Best
Earl Cobb is the author of "Focused Leadership: What You Can Do Today to Become a More Effective Leader", and an American “rags-to-riches” success story. Through his hard work, dedication and faith, Earl has forged an accomplished career as a systems engineer, project/program manager, and gifted entrepreneur. He is also a highly respected senior management executive. He has enjoyed over twenty-five years of success within Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell, Inc., Motorola, Inc. and Wells Fargo Bank. He is the former President and CEO of MedContrax, Inc.
You can contact Earl at earl@richerlifellc. You can find his website at www.richerlifellc.com