Businesses are becoming more complex. It’s harder to predict outcomes because intricate systems interact in unexpected ways.
Staying on track is much easier with a guide or checklist. Michael Useem, a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of The Leadership Moment, has published The Leader’s Checklist to create a clear roadmap for navigating any situation. I will present in the blog in condensed form, with sample questions accompanying each principle.)
Principles covered in this series of posts were:
- Articulate a Vision
- Think and Act Strategically
- Express Confidence
- Take Charge and Act Decisively
- Communicate Persuasively
- Motivate the Troops, and Honor the Front Lines
- Build Leadership in Others, and Plan for Succession
- Manage Relations, and Identify Personal Implications
- Convey Your Character
- Dampen Over-Optimism.
- Build a Diverse Top Team
- Place Common Interest First
Not all of these questions are applicable to every situation, but it is the questioning that counts.
Whether you are facing a typical day at the office or walking into a crisis, ask yourself and others these questions to inspire correct actions. Only then can you make sense of the complexities you encounter.