5 Lessons to Make You a Great Leader | Knowledge Project Podcast
This episode of The Knowledge Project Podcast delves into the intricacies of leadership, offering a fresh perspective on what it means to be a leader, the distinction between average and exceptional leaders, the role of feedback, and the balance between being right and doing right.
It also provides a playbook for managing teams and emphasizes the concept of radical candor.
Managing Teams Effectively
Effective team management involves setting clear expectations, providing regular feedback, recognizing and rewarding good performance, and addressing issues promptly and directly.
Consistency in these practices can help to build trust and respect within the team.
Embracing Radical Candor
Radical candor, which involves being direct and honest in feedback while also showing care and respect, can lead to more effective communication and better relationships within the team.
It encourages open and honest communication among team members, fostering a more collaborative and productive work environment.
Leadership involves taking responsibility and acting on it.
Leaders should not shy away from taking responsibility for existing problems, but instead, should take the initiative to address them.
This proactive approach can inspire others and drive positive change.
Prioritizing people over career can lead to a significant improvement in leadership effectiveness.
Leaders should focus on the well-being and development of their team members, which can ultimately lead to better team performance and success.
Charisma vs Greatness in Leadership
While charismatic leaders make people feel good about them, great leaders make other people feel bigger and more confident.
This shift in focus from the leader to the people they are leading can result in more effective and empowering leadership.
So much of leadership ability is about how other people experience themselves in your presence. A great leader has a presence that makes other people bigger. – Jennifer Garvey Berger
Curiosity in Leadership
Curiosity is a valuable trait in leadership.
A curious leader is open to other perspectives and can pick up on signals that could prevent potential disasters.
This openness to learning and adaptability can contribute to more effective decision-making and problem-solving.
Don’t be a bystander, see what has to be done and someone’s got to do something. And if you feel someone’s got to do something, then you can exercise the art of getting people to want to do what you see must be done with you. – Jim Collins
Leadership in the Current Era
Leadership in the current era of sound bites and oversimplification can be challenging.
Complex issues cannot be understood instantly or in a sound bite, and simplistic problem-solving in a complex world tends to create bigger problems.
Leaders should strive for a nuanced understanding of issues and promote thoughtful problem-solving.
In giving feedback, leaders should aim to move things to routine rather than focusing on technique.
A routine becomes part of a leader’s style and is seen as normal, while a technique may not work in all situations.
This approach can make feedback more effective and better received.