On Thursday, February 2nd, Soundview hosted a webinar with author of New York Times Best Seller, Spark, Courtney Lynch on The 7 Key Behaviors of an Extraordinary Leader.
Courtney was kind enough to answer some follow-up questions on how to lead yourself and others to greater success:
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What do you do if your boss/leadership does not hold colleagues accountable? Is there a good strategy we can follow?
It’s not uncommon for us to work in an environment where there is limited accountability. Holding others accountable can often seem daunting. Yet, it’s essential for high performance to happen. And, when accountability happens in context with clear standards and leaders who do their best to set a strong example (and who also take the time to understand and work to meet the needs of others) it’s a natural step to creating success. If your boss doesn’t hold others accountable keep in mind that it will be much easier for your performance to slip to the lowest acceptable standard.
To stay credible, work to hold yourself accountable, and handle the lack of accountability, in a professional manner. It’s easy to gossip, complain and grow frustrated in these circumstances. Instead, work to build trust with your colleagues. Eventually in a high trust environment, you all as peers, without the benefit of authority, can work to hold each other accountable. On the best performing teams, everyone is the keeper of the standards, not just the bosses. If holding your peers accountable seems far-fetched in your current dynamics, just be vigilant with your performance, seeking to model a strong example regardless of how others perform. Ultimately, that credibility will allow you influence to get what needs to be done, done well.
Of the 7 steps where would personal faith have the greatest impact?
Personal faith has an impact across the seven steps. Yet I believe it’s most relevant as you seek to live your values with confidence. It’s takes courage to chose to live and lead in ways that are consistent with what you value, versus what society tells us is “right.” When we think about living our values, we often begin with a focus on what’s not working in our lives. By doing that we eventually get to the point where we’ve created a good life, and betterment requires us to make even more challenging trade-offs, perhaps giving up something that we find enjoyable or gratifying to gain something we value even more. I think that’s where personal faith is even more helpful, to support us in determining if we are doing what we believe is best based on our values, faith and priorities.