Whether you are arranging your own life for success, or rallying the
energy and enthusiasm of a team, it is important that you and your team are
fully engaged in the process. According
to Wikipedia, Engage means: 1. occupy or attract
(someone's interest or attention). 2.
Participate or become involved in and
3. (With reference to a part of a machine or engine) move into position
so as to come into operation.
As a leader focused on
achievement of a vision, you will require yourself and your team members to be
interested in the vision, you will require them to participate or be involved
in the active achievement of the vision by moving into an operational position
that will make them fruitful. Engaging people is no easy task as approximately
77% of people are disengaged from their own lives and careers. Getting people
interested and involved is the single hardest task for a leader that never
stops. The six steps to Engaged Leadership is a looped process that will allow
the leader to continually develop his or her own engagement and that of the
With so many people content to live inside the box of Averagedom,
it must be comfortable and appealing, right? Yet, studies show that more than
47% of people are discontent with their life and personal achievements. If so
many people are unhappy with who they are and what they have achieved, why don’t
they do something about it? Is the box so rewarding that people settle for
second best for their lives? Or are the obstacles that prevent people from
getting out the box so powerful?
It is true; many
people choose to remain average throughout their lives. Although there are many
reasons for people to stay inside, this article explores 4 difficulties people have
trying to get out of the box. These are not the only reasons people struggle to
break free from mediocrity, but they offer an insight to the most common
barriers to success for potential leaders and winners.
As obvious as it may
be to you and I, there are many people floating about claiming the title of
leader when they have no team, they have no followers. What should be obvious
is that “leader” is not a title, but rather a role or a function. The leader may
not always be the most experienced person, nor the oldest. The leader may not
walk in front of the pack, but one thing is for certain, a leader carries that
label because of the job they perform.
The obvious job a
leader performs is to lead a group of people. The path may be from A to B, or
from A to B and back again. The path a leader takes a group may cover all the
letters in the alphabet, but one thing should not be overlooked: the primary
function of a leader is to take his or her people from a frazzled group to a
high performance team.
A leader will emerge as a team gathers to
accomplish any sort of objective. A handful of key principles will assist a
leader to lay a good foundation for his or her personal leadership style.
The leader should also understand the phases of a developing team, understand what is required to keep the team on track. A working knowledge of the
difference between a group and a team will help the leader identify where the
team is in the development process.
In order to achieve something fantastic, you require a team
to do what is needed for success. Before you have a high performance team, you
need a group that shares a common cause. Before you have a group with a common
cause, a leader is required. This leader will take his or her people from being
a group into a high performance team that achieves outcomes smoothly and efficiently.
Even though there are many kinds of teams, each accomplishing
many types of objectives, all requiring vastly different skill sets, it is
clear that the leaders of the unique and varying groups need to have an
understanding of the basic concepts of leadership. Knowledge of just a handful of
key principles will give the leader a clear understanding of his or her role in
the success of any team.
All teams are a group, but not all groups are teams. In
order to understand this opening statement it is important to understand the
dynamics and definition of a group, and of a team. A Group is a collection of
people that have come together, joined by a common cause. A Team is a
collection of people, already united by a common cause, and have a common
objective or goal to achieve.
The age old riddle of which comes first; “the chicken or the
egg,” is a frustrating argument. Trying to determine which element is needed to
fuel / develop / birth the next is turned into a circunever-ending debate by
asking: which is needed first? Or, what is step one? When you are involved in
the development of leaders, you will discover a similar dilemma - Which is
needed first: Leadership or Purpose?
The “chicken or the egg” riddle is not as simple as it may
first seem. Which is required first? This seems like a logical question,
however, it always ends in the repetitive circular argument that has made the
riddle famous. There is another question which could be asked: Which one can
survive on its own?