We are back after a short vacation during October. We came back with an generous give back of 50min initial consultation on your maintenance process for your first request through our registration form. You can click here to go to it. The giveback is to the maintenance profession. I was blessed to let it have a role in shaping my methodologies through life along 25 years. When you have the privilege of integrating your profession and digesting it to be natural to you, that’s bless. The opposite is true when your profession consumes you. Hence, you don’t see the big picture. That’s where we can start speaking about leadership.
The unique feature of Natural Leaders.
Those leading naturally can be easily distinguished and noticed in any community. It starts from the childs playing together, you can easily notice the seeds of a leader within one of them. If it exists within more than one, that’s where fights starts and naturally the group is splatted to two. Each one is led by one of the natural leaders. In work place you can easily point out a team member with the potentiality of leadership. That’s why it is always nice to divide the team into groups and let the natural leaders appear.
The natural leadership is characterized by a one main feature which is the holistic view. You can use different words to represent this unique feature like the broader view or the helicopter view. Chose whatever resonates with you. The one with this broader view is having a competitive advantage of better understanding the task and its linkage to other tasks, people and systems. He or she can foresee what will go the right way and what will not, what preparations are needed in advance . The natural leader has the end result clear to him so he doesn’t allow the task to take him out of the main route. This foreseeing entrenches the team trust.
Leadership and Life
This leadership quality are great when you apply it to your life. Simply you take the lead of your targets, daily activities and, needs. You build clarity around them while watching your step and whether it is taking you there or not. Every path is having its own delights and stumbling but not all of them will take you to where you desired in the first place.
Those who are leaders of their life can lead a team and succeed. Why? because leadership is more about understanding where you stand know and where you want to be next and which route will take you there.
Those missing this quality prefer just to do and keep doing and be consumed by the doing.
Few tricks to spot potential leaders
1.Clear the way
Sometimes you don’t manage to find your teams leaders easily. Then there is no escape from dividing them to groups and monitoring their performance. If you couldn’t reach them, then you have few more options.
Shuffle the groups and have another close look This time not only look for leadership seeds but also, look for whom resist to be led. Those resisting to be led will need a special treatment but that’s more the concern of a change management. Here were are only looking for the potential natural leader to make sure that our teams are properly organized. This step is crucial when you are building up your maintenance process or updating it. Those leaders will be the facilitators of the new maintenance system approach. They will execute the tasks of building the system correctly as they have the oversight and the foresight to do a task which doesn’t have a physical result rightaway.
Group those resisting, claiming and blaming together for a short period to allow good seeds to sprout.
2. Provide support
While picking your leaders you might be challenged by some incompetence in the natural leaders. They might be under age, overage or lacking the technical experience as they are juniors or lacking the place experience as newly joined.
For those experienced but still younger than most of the team, always let them lead temporary tasks till the group approve of their leadership. For those who are overage and it appears in their limited physical ability, experience will makeover this part. Just make sure to support them with highly active and much younger team members. For who are junior but posses leader talents, invest in their training. They will be your future leaders. Same as the experienced but newly joining the team, you need to be patient and let them gain the place confidence by assigning them easy tasks as a start and gradually loading them.
Can you generate a leader?
Yes but, if he or she are having the passion, enthusiasm and effort to provide. You need to invest some time and effort in learning them the skills of leadership. They need to know how to quickly reach a correct overview of any task or problem. You can create a system with defined steps of how to find the overview and what you need to do in every situation. Soon we shall make available a training course in how to create this system – Wait for it- . Who is entitled to lead is the best one to understand then follow the steps not who follows blindly. Below leadership skills are needed for the natural leaders and those whom we synthesize out of a potential candidate. Look forand polish them to achieve best results.
Leaders soft skills:
- They are willing to understand the psychological background of indifferent persons and learn how to deal with them not to fight with or judge them.
- Can find where every team member needs a support. They do this to help and not to criticize.
- Want to serve others rather than being served by others.
- They do not force the team to follow the instructions. They explain and ensure that the information is clear to whom need it.
- Commit only to what they can do
- They guide others and show them the way
- Willing and continuously seeking to know more and update themselves.
Leadership has many levels. It starts with team leaders whom should be carefully selected as they are the seeds of future cornerstones of the maintenance team. There are few soft skills to be considered in the potential leaders. However there is only one crucial feature. The leader should have a holistic vision. He guides the task and, do not allow the task to take him away for the main target. Enjoy your coffee however you like it, it is a bless.