One thing many of our presidents have had in common, and often why they were elected, is their dynamic leadership skills. Popularity may wax and wane, but a dynamic leader is memorable, at the very least. They have a way of inspiring others to follow, to join, to get involved in some way. The word dynamic refers to a process or a system that’s characterized by constant change, activity, or progress. The opposite of dynamic is static. It’s important for leaders to demonstrate dynamism in their leadership capability. Instead of resisting change, leaders need to develop the flexibility and agility that will allow them to adapt to the new challenges. Here are some ideas/tools to get you started on the journey.
Communication. Communication is vital to success in any organization, and as a leader you set the precedent. Make sure that task directions provide clear and straightforward guidance. Everyone should remain on the same page regarding their expectations and how their tasks fit into the broader goals of the group. Team members should feel comfortable letting you know if they need clarification or if they need flexibility on an upcoming deadline. When speaking with team members about their performance, focus on delivering effective, actionable advice that will help them continue to improve. You can nurture this culture by approaching team members for feedback after briefings and meetings, responding positively to member outreach, and letting people know that you want to create a culture of open communication.
Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance. Especially if you have employees that work from home and have constant access to work emails and pressing work questions, it can present a challenge to fully disengage from work commitments during off-hours. One of the best ways to work this into your team culture is to model it yourself. Let your team members know your typical hours at the computer. Outside of any required team core hours, ask independent professionals about their expected work hours for scheduling meetings or email responses, rather than assuming. Don’t send emails or texts to your team outside of work hours, so they won’t feel obligated to respond immediately, allowing them to keep their work and personal lives separate.
Be Efficient Effectively. Priority one of leadership, and the goal of any organization, is to be effective. This means the focus of development, of all efforts, must first be on meeting the predefined goal. Once that is guaranteed, then, and only then, we must turn our attention to efficiently accomplishing the task. Instead of chasing every opportunity, leaders need to keep an eye on the horizon while continuously adjusting to the circumstances in front of them.
Are you passionate about a cause? Committed to an outcome? Do you want to see something important happen? The world needs more Dynamic Leaders – right in your own neighborhood, business, area, and region. We, and the world, are changed by them. These tools can be used in any group setting to help you create unity and success.
Books we suggest you read for further inspiration: Management Mess to Leadership Success, The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton, Primary Greatness, Trust & Inspire, The 7 Habits of HIghly Effective People