What’s the climate in your organization? I am not wondering what your office thermostat is set at. I am talking about the leadership climate. A leadership climate is an environment where people can grow to the next level.
How can you create a leadership environment ? Follow these five steps.
1. Begin with encouragement.
Everyone in your organization has the need to feel appreciated and noticed. Some more than others.. You may have some great self starters that appear to never need encouragement. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Everyone needs to know that they matter. For people to know they matter, they need to know step two.
2. Clarify expectations.
If your leaders do not know what is expected of them, how can they know where to go next? It is your job to overly communicate what your desired outcome is so they have a track to run on. This should be in the form of a job description. You can’t just say “I want you to show up on time and work hard”. Your expectations have to be clearly communicated and measurable which leads to step three.
3. Set goals
Once you have clarified your expectations through a job description, the next step is to attach measurable goals. I like to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. This is an acronym for:
T: Time Bound
When you set S.M.A.R.T goals for your leaders, they know where they stand, what is expected of them, where they are going and how they are going to get there. Which leads to step four.
4. Follow up evaluations
You can only expect what you inspect. If you do not follow up with your leaders on a regular basis, they will begin to feel unappreciated, lost and frustrated. You can only maintain a strong leadership climate by keeping the pulse of your organization.Regular evaluations help you to do this. I am not talking about micro-managing. Micro-managing suffocates people and does not give people the freedom to make decisions for themselves. It leaves them feeling that they are just following orders instead of leading and creating. Strong leaders need regular evaluations to know how they are doing but also plenty of room to feel that they can run with ideas for their specified area of expertise. Which leads to step five.
5. Do it all again.
You never come to a place where you stop encouraging, stop clarifying expectations, stop setting goals or stop evaluating everyone’s progress. When you are consistent in these areas, you create a climate for leaders to flourish and soar to the next level because they know you care about them and what they do.
Question: What can you do today to begin changing the climate of your organization and move it from areas of breakdown to breakthrough? Leave a comment below!