Part III of Making Your Leadership Work
Is your leadership only in your head? You should be taking your manifesto to work.
Here’s a pet peeve of mine: anything that sounds great in theory, but doesn’t teach you how to use it.
This is especially true of leadership. There’s a lot of “feel good” stuff out there and heady theory about what leadership is, who you ought to be, and how it should work.
But what do you do with this?
Unless you can apply your knowledge practically, on the job, knowledge is not power, contrary to the old adage. You just walk around thinking about it and living off the warm and fuzzy feelings that thinking about leading can generate.
You and your leadership will just sit in your head.
How do you fix this?
You learn how to make the powerful connections that put your knowledge to work.
The power in possessing knowledge is always the same, whether it’s learning how to lead or perfecting your backstroke in the swimming pool.
You have to practice. You actually have to take your knowledge and apply it to learn how to master it.
So when it comes to your leadership manifesto – your beliefs as to who you are as leader, what is important, and how you intend to act on these beliefs, there’s a big hole.
And it’s taking your manifesto to work – seeing how it can make significant change.
How do you do that?
Well, first you must have developed your leadership manifesto. If you haven’t crafted your manifesto, click here.
And then, you need to put your manifesto to work by defining the impact it can make on the enterprise. This powerful visioning will serve as your inspiration for all you do.
To do this, you’ll need a piece of paper and pen or pencil. And then…
- Position the paper so that it is in “landscape” mode.
- Draw lines to make three columns on the paper.
- Across the top, your column headers will be (left to right): “Manifesto Statement,” “The Enterprise,” and “The Transformation”
- In the left-hand column, under the heading “Manifesto Statement,” list out the key statements from your manifesto.
- Across from each statement in the “Manifesto Statement” column, and under the heading “The Enterprise,” write how the enterprise can be positively affected because of the statement.
- Example: If your manifesto statement reads, “Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart,” then across from that, your statement about how it can affect the enterprise might be, “We have created a culture that cares and is involved.”
- Across from each statement in the middle column, “The Enterprise,” list the resulting transformation in “The Transformation” column. “My employees are more creative and engagement, resulting in a superior product.”
Here it is so that you can see the relationship between your leadership manifesto and how you can impact the enterprise.
|Manifesto Statement||The Enterprise||Transformation|
|Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart.||We have created a culture that cares and is involved.||Our employees are more creative and engaged, resulting in a superior product.|
Continue with each statement from your manifesto until you have exhausted the list. As you review your paper, congratulate yourself. You have just outlined the impact that your unique leadership can have on the enterprise – and the world.
Once you have defined the unique impact you can make with your leadership, you will identify those strategies that will best support this intended impact, and then, the actions necessary to effectuate them.
How will you put your leadership manifesto to work?
Patti Cotton helps executives optimize their effectiveness in leading self, others, and the enterprise. Her areas of focus include confidence, leadership style, executive presence, effective communication, succession planning, and masterful execution. With over 25 years of leadership experience, both stateside and abroad, Patti works with individuals, teams, and organizations across industries, providing executive consulting, leadership development, succession planning, change management, and conflict resolution. She is also an experienced Fortune 500 speaker. For more information on how Patti Cotton can help you and your organization, click here.