Monday, January 19, 2009

5 Requirements For Every Leader Worth Following (Pt. 1)

I've been working on some seminar material for some upcoming speaking engagements as of late. This week I'm going to blog about a leadership lesson that I am giving tomorrow. All of the material has been taken from various sources and heavily taken from Andy Stanley's book, "Next Generation Leader." I'm enjoying going through all of the material because it is helping me reconsider each 5 of these important requirements. The first one is vital and is a reminder that leaders are lifelong leaders.

1. COMPETENCY
Leaders must channel their energies toward those arenas of leadership in which they are most likely to excel.

DISCOVER YOUR COMPETENCIES
What do others do that is almost effortless from your perspective but seems like a daunting task to others?
In what arenas do people consider you the ‘go to’ person?
What do you enjoy about your job?
What do you wish you could delegate?
What do you do that elicits the most praise & recognition from others?
What kind of advice to people seek from you?
If you could focus more of your time and attention on one or two aspects

GUIDING PRINCIPLES IN REGARD TO COMPETENCIES
-The less you do, the more you accomplish.
-The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish.
-Make it your goal to only do what you can do.

LEADERSHIP MISTAKES WHEN TRYING TO BE COMPETENT
-The quest for balance.
-Failure to distinguish between authority and competence.
-Inability to distinguish between competencies and noncompetencies.
-Guilt.
-Unwillingness to develop other leaders.

WARNING: BE CAREFUL TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN PASSIONS & COMPETENCIES. ENJOY YOUR PASSIONS, BUT FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT TO BECOME TRULY COMPETENT. REMEMBER, PEOPLE DON'T PAY FOR AVERAGE & INCOMPETENCY UNLESS YOU'RE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. HAD TO ADD THAT IN THERE.