In my book, 4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations, (You can get a copy in ebook format by clicking on the link just to the left.) I make the point that all successful businesses and the people who lead them have four things in common:
- Successful businesses and the people who lead them develop and communicate a clarity of purpose and direction.
- Successful businesses and the people who lead them engage the full commitment of everyone in the organization.
- Successful businesses and the people who lead them skillfully execute the things that matter.
- Successful businesses and the people who lead them build strong, lasting mutually beneficial relationships with important outside constituencies.
It’s always great to find someone who agrees with me, so that’s why I liked Engaged Leadership: Building a Culture to Overcome Employee Disengagement so much. Clint Swindall, the author has written a great book. It is part business fable, and part how to manual.
Mr. Swindall tells the story of Halifax, a call center company, much as I tell the story of Brennan Newell and Diamond Inc. in 4 Secrets.
But Mr. Swindall goes me one better. After he finishes the fable, he spends another 60 or so pages telling the reader how to put to work the lessons in the Halifax story. He tells us that engaged leadership has three facets:
- Directional Leadership
- Motivational Leadership
- Organizational Leadership
While not a one-to-one match, these three leadership facets are very similar to the points I make about clarity, commitment and execution. No wonder I like Mr. Swindall’s book so much!
I don’t want to steal Mr. Swindall’s thunder but he makes some great points about each leadership facet.
When discussing Directional Leadership, he has the following four suggestions. Recruit from the top 26%. Prepare your organization for change. Let everybody in your organization know how they contribute. Constantly communicate progress.
When he moves to Motivational Leadership, Mr. Swindall offers these four points. Lead with positive motivation. Celebrate small successes. Encourage work life balance for all employees. Create a fair work environment.
Similarly, Mr. Swindall offers some more cogent common sense advice in his discussion of Organizational Leadership. Identify and position talent appropriately. Build a bridge between generations. Move toward real empowerment. Establish and implement a strategy to maintain success.
I really like this book; primarily because of it’s format. The fable is great for readers who learn best by listening to stories and by watching what other people did in a given situation. The second section in which Mr. Swindall gives concrete tips on implementing
Directional Leadership, Motivational Leadership and Organizational Leadership will appeal to readers who like a no nonsense nuts and bolts approach.
Whichever learning type you are, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Engaged Leadership. Put its ideas to work and watch your business grow and prosper.
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