Countless books, blogs, articles, and lists have been written about what it means and what it takes to be a great leader. In actuality, being a great leader only requires four behaviors. Only four sounds simple, right? Yes; however, those four behaviors require discipline, commitment, and relinquishing control.
I will discuss the four behaviors that make a great leader in a two-part blog series. Let’s talk about the first two behaviors in this blog:
Behavior #1: “On” – Leaders spend more time working “on” their business, rather than “in” their business. They understand the need to take care of their business on a regular basis to ensure their company’s strategy is defined, regularly monitored, and consistently moves the organization forward. They have the necessary tools in place to break through to their next growth level.
Behavior #2: Clear Direction – Leaders articulate a clear direction for the company. Their Vision/Traction Organizer™ creates a compelling vision that everyone in the company understands, including their role in achieving that vision. Great leaders provide the tools employees need to be successful — things such as necessary resources, technology, education, and structure. And they give of their time and attention to their direct reports.
Leaders meet with their direct reports every quarter to provide both people the opportunity to clarify expectations, and identify and resolve any issues.
Does this sound like you? Do you possess these behaviors? Can you describe the steps you take to work “on” your business and give clear direction? Give these things consideration, and be sure you are practicing them regularly. Your team is watching.
Becoming a leader and building your team is discussed in Gino Wickman’s book, “Traction.” As the founder of EOS®, Gino’s book introduces the Six Key Components™ necessary to implement EOS® in your organization and grow your leadership team. I invite you to download Chapter 1 of Traction for free, which includes the introduction and table of contents. I’m confident that after reading Chapter 1 and learning what the other chapters offer, you’ll want to read the book in its entirety.
If you would like to learn more about EOS® or the behaviors necessary to be a great leader, please complete the form below to request a 15-minute phone consultation with me. I am an EOS® Implementer who has walked in your shoes before. I was once looking for structure and direction for my own company and found it with EOS®. Now I help other business owners do the same. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs, your challenges, and help you determine if EOS® is right for you.
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