Exceptional Leaders... Are Demanding
Exceptional Leaders challenge and stretch their people, and they do it all the time.
Being demanding does not mean being autocratic. It means expecting and communicating the requirements needed for the best work and giving constructive feedback to others when the best is not delivered. This is a common approach for exceptional coaches and teachers as well.
If a leader is satisfied with less, performance ratchets downward toward mediocrity.
- How does your performance match up with your personal standards? You can't expect others to do their best if you don't do yours.
- Scan your horizon for the people who have the most influence on the success of your organization and on you. Are they performing up to your standards?
- Are they performing to a standard that will allow the organization to meet its goals?
- If not, be willing to take action. Action means opening the conversation about performance and communicating expectations, including clearly stating the standards for excellence.
Being relaxed about your performance and the performance of others is a recipe for mediocrity. t
~ Copyright protected by author Bruce M. Anderson. Reprinted with permission. Thinking Partners Inc.