I’ve recently made a breakthrough…of sorts. It turns out that despite all the different kinds of people in the world, there are actually only two types of leaders. It wasn’t a research study that I stumbled upon that opened my eyes. It wasn’t a fascinating journal article that raised my level of awareness. Nor was it some ancient text that was discovered in a far off land.
I learned this from experiencing the same behavior over and over, and I could no longer deny the truth.
One of the most important skills leaders must possess is the ability to influence others with their words. Inspiring those around us, motivating our teams, and supporting our own leadership team is a core competency for the contemporary leader.
There is a significant risk however at only being a skilled communicator, let alone someone who throws around the latest jargon but clearly has no idea what they’re talking about.
We all recognize those leaders that are not able to move from talking…and planning…and talking some more…
…with those leaders that demand action.
Planning appropriately, and following that plan is always the best path. However, the balance point between planning and paralysis can be a fine one. The action oriented leaders sometimes need to push across that line in order to maintain momentum.
“If there is no momentum, there is no execution. If there is no execution, there is simply no need for that leader.”
For those leaders that can not move from words to action the result is a swirling cauldron of noise. Noise damages credibility. Noise forces team members to critically examine if they can still believe in that leader.
The secret sauce of leadership if finding the balance point between words that inspire action, and the ability to make decisions to ensure momentum and execution.
How About You
Do you find every excuse in the book to avoid leading? You may think “following up with your team” or “looking into that issue” is part of leading.
Well, you’re wrong. That’s not leading at all. That’s actually killing the rest of us.
Jay Kuhns is a human resources executive, leadership coach, speaker, consultant and is the author of Unstoppable Power, Leverage Energy, Risk and Relationships and Advance Your Leadership Career. He is a “Type A” leader who understands that human resources leadership is about high energy, creativity, strong personal connections and making changes that push organizations forward.