A wise person once told me that you can always learn something from everyone. Even those people that you don’t get along with, and those you don’t agree with, and those that grate on your very last nerve.
I’d like to say it’s easy to pick up on habits of good performing people. But I think it’s better said it’s easy to observe their habits; it is not necessarily easy to implement those habits.
Today, I learned from a “leader”, an executive that has oversight of a rather large organization. He is a very smart man and he often encourages conversation (allowing all members of the team to voice their opinion and concern without repercussion) and he thoroughly enjoys brainstorming. But there comes a point when the conversation needs to wrap up and come to a conclusion. However, with the lack of leadership members of the team continue to pontificate and debate. No real decisions are made and no actions given. Eventually, the organization is floundering… filled will several good leaders at their own level… but they need a person to lead them.
Members of the team might step up and try to aid. Prompting this notorious exec to make a decision. To drive purpose into meetings. To give a directive! But alas, none of this comes to fruition and the team is left to aimlessly manage their piece of the organization without clear direction.
Phew – that’s a long story to get to my point!
Personally, I have a tendency to hesitate to make decisions. I don’t want to come across and pushy, uncaring, or b*tchy. But today served as a very clear reminder that there comes a time when being decisive is necessary and actually desired by those you lead.
Maybe…. I just need one of these.