Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Most Important Role Of A Leader

Photo Credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop
Leadership expert Patrick Lencioni says that the most important role that a leader possesses is to create a healthy environment for her team.

He says this:
"A healthy organization is one that has all but eliminated politics and confusion from its environment. As a result, productivity and morale soar, and good people almost never leave. For those leaders who are a bit skeptical, rest assured that none of this is touchy-feely or soft. It is as tangible and practical as anything else a business does, and even more important. 
Why? Because the smartest organization in the world, the one that has mastered strategy and finance and marketing and technology, will eventually fail if it is unhealthy. Trust me, I've seen it happen again and again. But a healthy organization will always find a way to succeed, because without politics and confusion, it will inevitably become smarter and tap into every bit of intelligence and talent that it has. 
So if all this is true - and I am absolutely convinced that it is - then why haven't more organizations embraced and reaped the benefits of organizational health? For one, it's hard. It requires real work and discipline, over a period of time, and it must be maintained. On top of that, it's not sophisticated or sexy and it's difficult to measure. 
But the biggest reason that organizational health remains untapped is that it requires courage. Leaders must be willing to confront themselves, their peers, and the dysfunction within their organization with an uncommon level of honesty and persistence. They must be prepared to walk straight into uncomfortable situations and address issues that prevent them from realizing the potential that eludes them."
Lencioni says that the four things a leader can do to help an organization get healthy are:
1) Build a cohesive leadership team
2) Create clarity
3) Over-communicate clarity
4) Reinforce clarity
To read the rest of the article please click here.

(h/t to my friend John Waidley for the link.)

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