Have you ever noticed when organizations are in trouble, they naturally turn to find new leadership? How often have you seen a sports franchise try to turn things around by hiring a new head coach?
We see it at the end of every sports season. Another collegiate or professional team with another losing season, looking to replace another coach.
When a business is losing money, they hire a new president. When a church is stumbling, they search for a new pastor. When our country is having hard times, we elect a new president.
…from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48 NIV
People understand that as the leader goes, so goes the organization.
I have found that my own leadership skills are always the lid or limiter on my personal life and business success.
If your leadership skills are strong, the organization’s lid is high. But if your leadership is lacking, then the organization is limited.
Ok, so the obvious question is, “What is the best way to develop my leadership?”
Your leadership effectiveness is within your reach – and you can learn the skills needed.
Your first job is to grow YOU, not your business. –Bobby Albert
In the book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell tells us YOU are the lid on your own success.
And your organization will always be defined by your leadership. The size of your business reflects the size of your leadership.
Every manager can increase their effectiveness by leveraging the math of leadership.
Results by Addition
When you think like a manager, and focus on things and drive for results (what you say and do), you’ll see results by addition.
If there are four “tens” and a “five” on a team, the sum of the individual effectiveness scores is 10 + 10 + 10 +10 + 5, or a total of 45. If the fifth person grows (or can be helped to grow) from a five to a ten, the team’s total rating rises to 50 – an increase of 11%.
Results by Multiplication
When you think like a leader, and focus on people in order to maintain and enhance relationships (how you say and do) AND you also drive for results, you will see results by multiplication.
Look what happens to the group’s impact when the multiplying effect of teamwork is considered. Through exceptional communication, coordination, and cooperation the first team might be as effective as 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 5, or 50,000.
But if the fifth person can grow from a five to a ten through their own commitment and the help of others, the team’s effectiveness could grow a whopping 100% to 100,000 (10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10)!
Not only do you get more results and success, but also, better results. Why? Because you have a peak-performance TEAM where members communicate, coordinate, and cooperate among themselves and other departments and divisions.
In my next blog post, I will share perhaps the most important thing I’ve ever written.
Do you want to lift your success lid? Are you ready to grow YOU? How can you use leadership math to multiply your effectiveness? Please share your comments <here>.