Leaders don’t succeed by chance
Successful leadership doesn’t simply happen, nor can it always be directly planned or hoped for. Success comes from effective planning, full needs analysis, a dedication to training, learning and knowledge, and developing the wisdom and self – confidence to take proper steps in a timely, well prepared manner. The legendary and undoubtedly successful baseball manager Sparky Anderson explain it this way, “Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.” Success must not be the goal, but rather the inevitable result of doing the right think, being prepared, taking timely action, maintaining absolute integrity, great analysis and a vital vision, and an overwhelming desire to create value for one’s organization and all that it serves.
1. In leadership, it all must begin with the leaders. Not everyone is automatically well suited to be a leader, nor should everyone be placed in a position where he is asked to lead. In my over three years of extensive experience working closely with well over a thousand leaders, I have urged individuals to examine their reasons for being in a position of leadership. What are their motivations, and what is their vision? How strong is their commitment? Are they willing to be in a position where, if they are doing it properly, they will always leave themselves open for criticism?
2. Organizations must bite the bullet, and understand that without a continuity of effective leaders, the organization will lose relevance and viability. This means not simply speaking about leadership training, or putting on someone’s idea of a leadership training program, but rather committing to the implementation, long – term,. of a professionally designed leadership training program. This program must begin with methods of identifying and qualifying future leadership, because groups must always think proactively about their future. It means openly and honestly explain what is needed and what must be expected of a leader. It then means taking these carefully selected or identified individuals, and beginning to put them through a multiphase, multiple step program where they learn the necessities and challenges of leadership. Needs such as having a positive attitude; the ability to take timely action; and the skills, knowledge, experience and expertise to become a wise leader must be reviewed and discussed in depth. Particular attention must be paid to the importance of effective planning, and the need to address short – term, intermediate and longer term needs.
Success does not just happen, but is the result of careful planning and dedication. Organizations must learn they need effective leaders, and that they are the most successful ones.