Leadership for Einsteins is not just a way of talking, its a series of ongoing two-way conversations.
It’s about you shifting your behaviours in the service of developing people.
Leadership for Einsteins – no dummies, no idiots – is a process that results in people doing what they are supposed to be doing because they are skilled at doing “it” and are committed to doing “it” well.
Step #1 – Get Clear on “The Deal”
Make sure people understand, and agree to:
(a) That the company offers and
(b) What the company expects of the people who work there.
Step #2 – Align People with the Organization’s Values, Vision & Mission
- Values – Whats important around here.
- Vision – This is where we want to be in “X” years.
- Mission – How we will get there.
Step #3 – Define the Task or Goal
- Clearly outline what needs to be done, why it needs to be done, by whom and by when. Without this understanding there is no account-ability.
- Articulate what a good job looks like.
Step #4 – Diagnose the Task/goal Specific Competence & Motivation Levels
- Competence and motivation are two different things. Do not confuse the two.
- Competence is the ability to consistently complete a task well
- Motivation is the willingness to keep going in spite of setbacks or discouragement
Step #5 – Match the Leader Style to the Task Specific Competence and Motivation Levels
- Smart leaders are able & willing to flex your style to find the needs of your followers.
- Showing – For working with people who are learning something new and have low competence and motivation.
- Focusing – to work effectively with followers who a developing their task specific competence and motivation levels.
- Facilitating – To encourage people to stay on course when they are meeting obstacles.
- Delegating – To employees who have demonstrated task specific competence and motivation levels who are self-reliant achievers.
Step# 6 – Feedback to Encourage Ongoing Development
- Feedback is the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions and is absolutely crucial to peoples continuing improvement.
- We all live in the room for improvement, one conversation at a time.
- Progress is the most important product, not perfection.
Leadership for Einsteins:
How Smart Leaders Bring Out the Genius in People.