“Enthusiasm and energy will take you long way,” Said Paul,
“But go into the role with your eyes open. Load the dice to increase your chances of success. Set crystal clear goals and get the right back-up. Get in, get the job done and get on to the next mission.”
Imagine You have been invited to lead a project. The first step is to create right conditions for success. This rules applies whether you are starting a new team, taking over a business or facilitating a turnaround. Start by taking “Time Out” to reflect and gather information.
Here are some points to consider before accepting the position.
- Make sure you want to lead a team:
Take a step back for a moment. Ask your self obvious questions: ‘Do I really want lead the team? ‘Perhaps this is an opportunity to do brilliant work, but make sure it is the right vehicle.
- Find out the opportunity:
Choose a project that puts a spring in your step. What for you would be the best vehicle? Would you prefer to work with a ‘start- up Team’’ or ‘Turnaround Team’ or a ‘Maintenance Team’?
To find right leadership possibility consider the Three rules.
1. Choose the sponsor carefully:-
People work with kindred spirits. Whenever possible, work for somebody who is a vocational soul mate. Choose a sponsor with whom you have a values fit and who shares similar high professional standards.
2. Choose the culture carefully:-
Choose an environment that is exciting and gives you energy. Remember also there are ‘cultures’ within a culture. Find a the niche where you can do fulfilling work that also benefits the employer.
3. Choosing the right project :-
Leaders must generate enthusiasm, so find a venture that gives you energy. Choose a challenge that you respect. Why? Mountaineers must respect the mountains; otherwise they become sloppy, which is dangerous.
Leaders must also respect the task. They are then likely to remain ‘alert’ and perform brilliantly.
- Clarify the sponsor’s picture:
Look at the world from the sponsor’s point of view. What challenge do they face? What results do they want? Research this in detail before meeting the potential employers.
Take an honest look ahead and tackle the exercise. Good leaders do everything possible to create the right foundation for success.