Module 87 - Executive Leadership
Working with and through others
At the beginning of our professional careers – using knowledge power to get in
As most of us start our professional careers, typically after completing many years of school, we really only have one thing and that is our knowledge that we have acquired over the years of schooling. We have various theories that we have learned but have not tested them yet in the real life outside of books, projects, and exams. We are hungry for challenge, new life in the real-world of career seeking, earning income, and getting into the environment where we can begin using all that knowledge from books and our teachers. So, this is when we begin using our knowledge power, while starting our journey in the new career and new company. We cannot offer anything yet to our employer, except for our knowledge, which we are eager to put to the test.
Transitioning knowledge power into Experience Power – using knowledge to acquire experience
After working for few years in one or multiple companies, utilizing our knowledge and building experience, we increase our professional portfolio and grow our resume with each work experience we encounter. Over the years we learn different positions within the company we work in, anything from entry level to executive level. Years add up and so is our professional experience which we actively use in order to get into better, higher paid positions. Of course, as we grow professionally, we grow the amount of experience we have in a particular field or line of work. If we are committed to constantly learning new things, and ways to improve personally and professionally every day, we not only acquiring more experience, but we also uncover and grow our strengths while addressing our opportunities or weaknesses. When we invest time and resources in our personal development, we are investing in our growth and future opportunities that do become available to us over time. Initial knowledge will only get so far before experience begins to play a larger role as new opportunities present themselves to us. In most cases you are heavily relying on your knowledge and experience in order to get things done. Yes, you may engage your team and may even delegate few tasks, however, you mostly rely on yourself, because, you know you can do a specific task in most cases better than others. This way of working and managing will only get you far enough in your professional career before you must rely on others to help you accomplish tasks at hand and to be able to work smarter, more effectively, and efficiently. You must realize that doing everything on your own is a very complex and ineffective practice, therefore, you need to engage the rest of your experienced team to get this done.
Executive Leadership – getting things done with and through others
Executive leader has many responsibilities and high expectations for the work to be completed on time and for it to be done correctly with highest quality possible. Therefore, executive leader trusts and works through his or her highly experienced team members by delegating if not all then most of the day to day tasks and projects to them, while focusing his or her time and energy on high level strategy items to keep moving the company and business forward. By trying to do everything on your own, all your time and energy will be focused on daily issuers, problems, tasks, while strategic and highly important tasks and initiatives would go nowhere, thereby, negatively effecting the business and its growth. So, to be a successful leader remember to trust your team, and giving them an opportunity to learn, make mistakes, overcome obstacles, and help you in driving the business forward. Focus your time and energy where it is needed the most, that includes developing and growing your people, and empower your team to take on tasks where they have experience in, giving them an opportunity to do what they know best. Don’t try to do everything yourself. I am not saying that you cannot do everything on your own if you really wanted to, because you can., but it is not the practice that good leader should be engaging in in order to continue to learn and grow, while helping his or her team to do the same.
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