Leadership blog written for all leaders, executives, and managers who want to improve their leadership skills.
Echelon Front is holding a Leadership Challenge Month throughout October to deal directly with these issues and more, and you’re invited to join and grow your leadership skills.
Leadership is about dealing with people. And everyone is different. One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is learning how to work with different personality types. While there are general categories, such as introvert or extrovert, into which you can lump personality types, no two people are exactly the same.
No one is born with great leadership ability. Leadership is a skill that must be taught, learned, and developed over time through training, practice, and repetition. Some people are born with attributes that enable them to develop faster and outperform others as they develop their leadership skills. But without learning the skills required to lead, such people will not ultimately succeed. The pathway to becoming a good leader lies in learning and developing leadership skills through training, education, and continuous, dedicated effort
Some people are raised to see an outburst of anger as an exercise of authority, or a way to exert oneself, as a sign of strength. But when you aren’t able to detach from your emotions, it’s actually a sign of weakness.
It may sometimes work tactically, but it’s a strategic loser
In order to think strategically, you must detach. It’s human nature that we dive into the details of a problem, which means we often get lost in the weeds and lose sight of the strategic picture. You can’t let that happen. Stay detached and think strategically ALL THE TIME.
Stop blaming the boss, and instead, blame yourself. Don’t point fingers up the chain of command. Instead, take Extreme Ownership. If your boss struggles with getting things done, then help the boss to prioritize and execute and see what you can take off the boss’s plate.
At Echelon Front, we believe that if you interact with other human beings in any capacity, you are a leader. Even if you are only in charge of yourself and your small piece of the mission, you have to lead.
Accountability is a tool, but it should be used only as a last resort.
HUMILITY: THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY IN A LEADERLeif Babin Leif Babin is a former Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers, "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win" and "The Dichotomy of Leadership." He is...
Think of the amount of influence you have on the people around you as a bank account. Leadership capital represents the funds available in that account. In every interaction with others, you are either depositing funds and acquiring more leadership capital, or you are debiting the account and spending your leadership capital. This applies to every interaction with anyone: both up and down the chain of command, peer to peer, and those outside of your immediate organization. It also applies in your personal life, with family members and friends. Every interaction with others either earns you leadership capital or expends it.