"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been." ~ Henry A. Kissinger
Kissinger's quote is simple yet profound. It looks simple, as all a leader will have to do is take his people from where they are to where they have not been before. The profoundness lies in taking them from their current state to the future state.
To achieve this, the leader should
Have a clear vision of their goals, can see their people's potential, and help them set new goals to unlock their potential.
Inspire the people they are leading with the value of the vision, conveying conviction in their potential and being willing to engage with the people to clear any apprehensions.
Create a sense of urgency on the need to achieve the vision.
Get laser-focused attention on the vision and its execution, not let the team be distracted by any other activity.
Create an enabling environment for the people to craft an execution strategy that can unlock their potential.
Help them identify potential challenges and put in place mitigating actions.
Acknowledge early on that adversities and challenges are learning opportunities and encourage the team to be resilient to overcome them.
Recognize and reward small and big wins to keep up the momentum and appreciate the contributions of individuals and the collective team.
Transformative leaders enable people achieve more than they ever dreamed of.
Leadership Coaching Questions
How can you articulate your vision in a way that inspires and resonates with your team members, fostering a shared commitment to the chosen goals?
What strategies will you employ to maintain a laser focus on the vision and prevent distractions within the team, ensuring alignment with the execution plan?
What mechanisms will you use to consistently recognize and reward small and big wins, foster momentum, and acknowledge individual and collective contributions?