The 6 building blocks of effective leadership
As much as there are new pieces of advice, books, tools and trainings available on leadership, there are some basic fundamentals that have not changed. And every now and then, these building blocks are worth revisiting.
After all, leadership "is still about mobilizing people in an organization around common goals to achieve impact, at scale," according to a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article. In that article, which follows up on more than 40 interviews of success leaders from a variety of organizations, HBR landed on six classic, fundamental practices of leadership, including:
- uniting people around a vision;
- building a strategy for achieving this vision by making choices about what and what not to do;
- attracting and developing the best people to implement the strategy;
- focusing on results in the context of the strategy;
- continuing to innovate in ways that help reinvent the vision and strategy; and
- knowing and growing yourself so that you can most effectively lead others and carry out these practices.
These far-from-new leadership practices are tried and true. While there are many new and interesting approaches and processes out there to develop leaders – many of which work – they all boil down to these basic practices, which can be used by any leader in any organization.
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About the Author
B. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He was promoted to executive vice president of government affairs in July 2009 after joining NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, research/economics, regulatory compliance and political affairs/PAC.