leadership lessons from colin powell

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.  They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.  Either case is a failure of leadership."

Colinpowell How tuned in are you within your organization to the people you lead? 

How tuned in is your upper management team?

One of the greatest challenges in the corporate environment is the barrier to upward communication at the top levels of an organization (and all too often in the middle as well).  People often laugh about the ivory tower but it happens because, at a certain point in positional growth, leaders stop listening to their people and begin to operate in ways that diminish honest communication.

In an effort to move their organizations forward, some leaders take a hammer and nail approach or become so entrenched in their own way of thinking that it quickly becomes apparent that their mind is closed to creative and fresh ideas or possibilities - especially in tough economic times.

"Real leaders make themselves accessible and available."

As a leader, your people need to get a sense of authentic concern for their challenges and their efforts.  You may not always hear what you want to but you'll always know what you need to.

You can't help solve problems you aren't aware of and while you may not feel you have time to be the corporate go-to guy/gal for the lightweight problems, would you rather deal with a pebble or a boulder?

Open communication is essential to a healthy organizational environment and successful accomplishment of the mission. 

What kind of leader are you?

What kind of leader would you like to be?

You were born to be great.

YES, you can!

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