According to expert writer Richard Brody With so many often-crucial decisions leaders need to make, one of the essential assets needed is the ability to understand the issues, get to the crux of the matter, evaluate the alternatives and/ or possibilities, and objectively evaluate his ability to get the most important components and realize the ramifications of either taking timely action, versus reverting to procrastination. How can a leader truly know if he accurately perceives and conceives of the central issues, in an objective, open-minded manner? The best leaders have come to realize that they must consistently be able to differentiate between the best decision, as opposed to merely the most expedient one. Since I strongly believe that one’s ability to understand and take action is dependent upon using a reliable, straight-forward, simple system, here are 5 Ways a leader reliably knows if he gets it, listed in a mnemonic way.
1. Knowledge: If you want to lead effectively, and with the utmost impact, you must commit to obtaining quality training, transforming it to essential learning, using it properly, and developing consistent, reliable quality, which will bring forth the ability and possibility for true wisdom.
2. Needs-oriented: If you want to know if you’re doing the right thing, and approaching challenges in the most productive way, first ask yourself if you are identifying, meeting, and prioritizing the needs, concerns and priorities of stakeholders. Simply stated, if your idea, plan, proposal or program fails to address a real or potential need or concern, then you must have a clear-cut, relevant mission you seek to address.
3. Objective; options; opportunities: What are you trying to achieve, and why? What are the ramifications of acting, as opposed to doing nothing specific? What other alternatives are available, and why have you opted for this one? Are you ready, willing and able to spot opportunities, and to take advantage of the most relevant and sustainable ones?
4. Work smarter, and more efficiently: Think quality first, rather than merely considering quantity! How efficient are your actions and plans? How effectively do you transform action to achieving the needed goals, etc?
5. Strengthening, sustainable system: Do both you personally, as well as your constituents gain strength, momentum, motivation, and the best form of drive, that enhances your potential, etc? Can your idea be duplicated by others, is it valuable, and does it make your organization stronger, more relevant, and more sustainable? Is your way the best way available to proceed? How certain are you?
You can’t possibly meaningfully lead unless you can differentiate between minutia, and the most relevant issues! True leaders do all they can do, to be certain they get it!