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Purpose of leadership

Posted on February 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Recently I received an update email from LinkedIn with The 7 Things you need to do with LinkedIn – and not it was not 7 ways to get more connections!  Although I do see some people who just seem to seek random connections. 

My personal gripe is receiving invitations from people claiming they are my friend – when I do not even know them, have any groups in common or have had any (remembered) contact in the past.

Those ones I choose “Ignore”.

This post is about the use of LinkedIn and social media to connect – be a connector not a collector.  And I thought to myself – the same or similar could be said for leadership,  Isn’t a leader someone who connects:

– people in teams to the wider purpose

– the dots in events and thinks strategically

– events into trends and gets a proactive action plan in place

– individuals within a team and helps them to be coherent and united in the results they deliver

Of course I am talking about an Effective Leader aren’t I?

And the principle of connecting rests on a generous spirit and approach to work and life.  It is about being authentic and acting with integrity and not being self serving.  It is about contribution and success as an outcome rather than a direct goal – success comes as a result of effectively connecting these areas (and more)

So if you are in a leadership position what do you do to create these sorts of outcomes?  Some of the work I do helps people to do this – it is about communication, calm leadership when under pressure, keeping a strategic and high level focus – being on the balcony rather than the dancefloor. and scoping what skills and styles are needed in the team to meet and exceed goals.

This is why I am passionate about the work that I do – by helping individual leaders and managers be better at what they do I can be a part of what it is that delivers better andmore positive outcomes for the companies and the people within them.

Leadership as connecting – does it make sense to you?

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