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How to Be a Leader Among Leaders

 

by Glenn Shepard
December 6, 2016
Category: Leadership

   


 

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Glenn and Cindy Shepard on the rooftop terrace of their new home with Lex and Alana LeBlanc, stars of the HGTV show “Listed Sisters”.


 

According to a Standard & Poor's survey, only 57% of Americans are financially literate.

   

When you’re leading a group of leaders, it’s best to adopt an inclusive leadership style that gives each member of your team an opportunity to make contributions.

While you don’t have to give them “veto power”, allowing them to participate in the decision-making process greatly reduces the chances of them not going along with your plans.

When Jeffrey Kindler became CEO of Pfizer, he very publicly showed support for the two other internal candidates who were passed over for the position, and made sure they knew how important they were to the company and its new leadership.

Other leaders within your organization may not intentionally undermine your efforts, but part of what has made them successful in the past is a natural unwillingness to follow plans they do not agree with or fully understand.

Show your leadership by gaining their trust in you.

You prove yourself trustworthy by demonstrating a track record of success, showing your knowledge of the situation at hand, and how enthusiastic you are about doing the hard work required to move forward.

The average person may follow whoever steps up to the plate, but winning over people who aren’t accustomed to following is another matter. Your leadership will be challenged at every turn unless you convince them that something in your past has uniquely prepared you for this position.

Learning about your background also can help minimize some of the natural jealously that occurs among leaders who are jockeying for position within an organization. When they know who you are, where you’ve been and what you’ve done, they can accept (without too much ego bruising) that you’re the best person for the job.

When trying to persuade a group of leaders to follow you, you’ve got to have an almost evangelical zeal to win them over. Leaders don’t like the idea of doing the heavy lifting while someone else supervises so show an old-fashioned willingness to work.

To Your Success,




P.S.
Here’s an ironic twist on the 10/25/16 article (Why We Didn’t Buy Kenny Rogers’ House) about the new home we recently bought, which we named “Seventies Songwriter House”. The producers of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” chose the house for an episode of a Nashville based version of the show, called “Listed Sisters”.




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