Through my observations of successful leaders, I recognize that they have many attributes. In addition to vision, ability to articulate and communicate vision successfully, motivate followers, high integrity plus other qualities, I find that successful leaders are not conflict adverse.
Successful leaders are problem solvers, either directly or through others, and are action oriented. They do not shy away from conflict that stands in the way of accomplishing their vision, goals and objectives.
A conflict averse person is someone who is non-confrontational, avoids conflict or confronting an issue at hand, deflects a discussion until later, or simply not bring up the subject of contention. In social situations it might be preferable to avoid conflict or contention, but in business, unresolved conflict can . . .
by Ilan Mochari, Senior Writer, Inc.
Professional Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells is famous for leading teams to 3 Super Bowls. His most significant career accomplishment was his ability to reverse the cycle of loosing in five football organizations. Parcells success factor was his ability to turn around the organization culture.
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- Seek input and buy-in from incumbent employees.
- Find a way to bond outside of the workplace.
- Share your broad philosophies - and detail how they'll help incumbent employees.
- Find your sergeants.
- Stay patient as employees acclimate to the changes.
- Deploy personnel in terms of their competence to perform key tasks, rather than in terms of their job titles.
- Recognize when you need to be political, and when you can simply take action.
- Set boundaries with your bad-behaving high performers--and let them stray, every now and then, if the straying gets results.
Can you recognize parallels in the change management principles that Parcells used in a sports context to those that can be applied in a conventional business context?
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Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you have a desired culture objective?
- Do you involve your team an/or employees in the culture discussion?
- Do you communicate your values/philosophies to your employees?
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