Know Your Flock. - Thoughts on Leading Well

Through out my life, I've been given many opportunities to be mentored by incredible leaders. I've also been placed in leadership positions, sometimes even when I didn't want them.


Some of us are leaders and we don't even really think about that.

We're "just" moms.  Or we are "just" managers, we're just the "middle man".


So today, I want to share a a quote from the wisest King to ever walk planet earth. He is notated through out history as the wisest man.  Wow, did he have to lead a lot of people. He not only had a Kingdom, and armies to lead, but several hundred wives, children, servants, herders, and well... you get it... a lot of people looking to him.

 " Know the state of your flocks 

and put your heart into caring for them. 

For Riches don't last forever 

and the crown might not be passed to the next generation". 


As I camp out on this statement of his, there are several things that come to mind..


1) Know your flock. 

For some it's your employees, others it's your teammates or students. 

Maybe it is your spouse and kids...

Whom ever you are being asked to lead right now... that's your flock. 


Do you know them? I mean really know them? 

If you don't, you might be missing the greatest pieces to your organization. 


What do they excel at? 

What are their stresses? 

What frustrates them the fastest? 

What's their "why" (or motivation)?

How do they best communicate? 

What's going on outside the arena where you are leading

them that could effect them inside your arena? 


If you don't know what is influencing those in your charge... how can you lead them effectively? We are all products of our environment. If we are under extreme pressure from the outside, it will always effect us in other areas. Part of knowing your team is knowing what it is that they can bring to the table. See, so many leaders get engrained in doing it their way that they forget that others around them might have better ideas. That they might have stronger skills in a particular area. A truly competent leader doesn't need to always have their plan, their way. They are able to take ideas from others and see value in their contribution to the organization. 


According to the American Psychological Association study: "52% of employees don't feel valued at their jobs."  That means over half  the people you work with today don't feel are valued by their organization. 


Which leads to that King's next statement...


2) Put your heart into caring for them.


This is the part that can get uncomfortable for a lot of type A leaders... because it is about the heart and not about the details.


According to Forbes Magazine,  "The greatest leaders are also those who run organizations whose mission and purpose entails caring for people’s health and well-being" 

http://fortune.com/2015/03/26/best-leaders-employee-well-being/


When was the last time you as a leader stopped to ask questions like this:

How are you? (and then stuck around to hear the answer beyond "fine")

What is working well for you here?

What can I do to make your job easier this week?

What pressure can we remove so you feel some margin in your life?

Or even go so far as to ask...

Are there circumstances outside of this environment that are weighing on you?

How can I help?


If you did this consistently and correctly, what impact could it have on your organization?

 

As a leader, knowing your flock and putting your heart into caring for them, might just prove to be the greatest tool you will ever develop.


Is this a hard concept for you? Is this a pain point in your leadership development?

As a Certified Leadership Coach, I'd like to champion your growth in this area! Let's connect.



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