“One of the most important actions, things a leader can do, is to lead by example. If you want everyone else to be passionate, committed, dedicated, and motivated, you go first!” – Marshall Goldsmith
Change within an organization starts with the leaders “being the change they want to see”. As soon as your associates see your positive actions, they will model them. Start with small steps to optimize your team’s performance.
Here are two practical tips suggested by Douglas Conant, President of Nabisco Foods and CEO of Campbell Soup Company:
- Push and Pull
Let’s say you want your leadership team to provide more learning opportunities for their team members. As part of the “push” step, you’d make this expectation clear, hold your managers accountable and include it in their yearly evaluation.
In the “pull” stage, you’d underline the positive value of the desire behavior through your own actions while celebrating those who have success with the initiative. An example of “pull” strategy would be organizing a training for your team members to share your expertise with them.
As you can see, the “push” approach challenges people to upgrade their behavior while the “pull” aspect attracts them towards the desired behavior with positive reinforcement, acknowledgement and leading by example.
2. Be a Helper
Learn, as leader, to ask “How can I help?”. This question goes a long way in establishing a relationship based on trust and loyalty with your associates. They feel heard and appreciated. Making this small adjustment will transform your enterprise from a “me, me, me” culture to a “we” culture, from individuality to unity and collaboration.
If you want to read more practical tips, have a glance at this article By Douglas Conant. We’d be happy to hear from you. What works for your company?