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Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | Leadership: Do it naturally or do it wrong

Don't call attention to yourself

Your task is to help your team and team members do good work. You should understand that the mission is important, not you.

As a leader, you’re just there to make things work better.

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Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | Leadership: Do it naturally or do it wrong

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Don't take credit

Bad leaders take credit for the good things and pin any blame for bad things to others.

Good leaders let the credit go to the team and team members. They only call attention to themselves when they take responsibility for a problem.

Your coaching style

Coaching should be your primary tool in leading. If your coaching sessions seem more like you’re the therapist and your team member the patient, you’re doing it wrong. 

Your team members should pay attention to how it will be different in the future.

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For that reason, great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal and the best tool for the job.

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  2. Authoritative leader - “Come with me”: mobilizes the team toward a common vision.
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  5. Coercive leader - “Do what I tell you”: demands immediate compliance.
  6. Democratic leader - “What do you think?": builds consensus through participation.
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  • Relational Transparency: remain genuine, straightforward, and honest with your team. Display the behavior you hope to see in your employees.
  • Balanced Processing: stick to your values when making decisions, but remain open to discussions and alternatve options.
  • Doing the right thing: focus on doing the right thing for the long-term success of the business, not yours.
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  • Seek feedback from the environment;
  • Use self-reflection to better understand your behavior;
  • Practice regular self-observation to stay aware of your feelings at all times.
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