Years ago, I was nearly fired from a product management job for, during a trouble-shooting session, saying that one of our group’s problems was lack of leadership. Yep, I said it out loud, and yes, my comment left the room and spread upward. Today I feel slightly vindicated by Carmine Gallo’s article called The Seven Secrets of Inspiring Leaders. Gallo says, “Only 10% of employees look forward to going to work and most point to a lack of leadership as the reason why, according to a recent Maritz Research poll.”
I wasn’t alone, just too outspoken. What was bothering me then was what I described as lack of communication, and this falls under Gallo’s #2 secret: Articulate a compelling course of action. We were failing to get strong direction from our exec. We weren’t hearing what the goals were and why they were important. We just got tactical instructions without context. While Gallo suggests that a very short vision statement is what’s needed here, what I felt we needed back then was the explanation of how the tactics would get us to the vision. This, perhaps, plays into Gallo’s #3 secret: Sell the benefit.
Do read the article in full, and as you start staffing up your own business, be aware that you can realize the best performance from employees who work for an inspiring leader — and make that be you.
[Thanks to High Tech Connect for pointing me to the article in their newsletter. Gallo is a High Tech Connect consultant.]