ABC Philosophy of Leadership

ABC Philosophyby

Mike Phibbs

The greatest challenge to anyone is not the ability to look at someone else and accurately assess their strengths and weaknesses. It is far more difficult to look inside and determine where you stand and what drives you to success or failure. At the macro level of existence, the measure of a leader, manager, guru, or anyone who looks back and has followers is gauged in the impact they have on the lives of those who choose to follow him.  But there is much more to the story than the sum of the group of individuals who want to follow someone else.  The grander picture is the internal story of knowing oneself that compels that person to drive forward to complete a vision and connect to the greater masses. The ABC philosophy of leadership and knowing oneself creates the foundation for people to understand and connect to their inner person. Then, armed with these insights one can improve their ability to lead and make a greater impact on the people who follow them.

A: Ability and Ambition

Where ever you are in life, be it at work, a parent, or anything else, try to accurately gauge your ability at what is important to you right here and now. You probably already realize you are better at some tasks and worse at others. It’s simple, no one is perfect. However, in reality you are probably not as good and probably a little worse than you think at tasks. Take an internal look and realistically gauge your abilities. Look at the real you, warts and all, not just the imagined you. The take the leap and ask your peers, subordinates, and friends how effective you are a different tasks. Create the overall picture and determine what you truly need to change. Then do one thing better each day till you become the person you aspire to be.

What is your ambition? What is the internal desire which drives you to take action and reach the next level?   Do you know? If you are a store clerk, manager, or senior executive we all have ambition. The difference comes through the knowing where you want to go, and then developing a realistic plan which compels one to overcome their fear to take the first step. No one can force someone else to take the first step, but only show then the path and reassure then that it is safe to walk on. Again, what is your ambition and what is stopping you? By taking the first step, you at least know you made the attempt and will not go through life in wonderment of what could have been if you only tried.   

B: Beliefs and Behavior

Somewhere in the deep reassesses of your mind your beliefs are secretly influencing your decisions is the belief pattern that developed over a life time. For every act that is presented to you, solicit and equal response based on your customs, traditions and beliefs. It’s automatic. Most of the time there are no consequences. Other times you are praised or condemned by your reactions. By taking an introspective look into your own belief patterns you can better understand why you do what you do and why you react the way you do. Maybe your beliefs are based in an outmoded mental program that you will realize needs to be updated. Maybe you realize that your beliefs are sound and need to be reinforced. Sometimes they evolve and you didn’t know you had gone through the transformative process. Regardless of the version of your brain operating program, understanding your beliefs allows you the mechanisms to tailor your interactions with the people around you. 

How do you behave around people when you are happy, sad, or confrontational? Are you consistent in action or do you harbor emotions until they boil over? Do you know what sets you off? The answer to these seemingly simple questions greatly impacts the people around you. By understanding one’s behaviors allows for the anticipation and mitigation of unwanted reactions to situations as they arise. Then, instead of acting inappropriately, one can act in such a way to mitigate negative events and amplify positive ones.   

C: Courage and Commitment

It takes tremendous courage to take a look inside oneself and examine to the deepest corners to see what drives us. The most effective and truly influential people took the leap and observed what causes them to think and act the way they do. Some made remarkable transformations, while others simply accepted who they are with a clearer understanding of themselves. But they all stopped waiting for something to happen to them. They went on the offensive to take charge of their own destiny. The no longer held their emotions in check to explode at a later time. They utilized the power stored in their emotional batteries and focused the energy to resolve problems in a positive a positive manner. 

When making any changes the test comes to your commitment to make the changes over time. Like a New Year’s Eve resolution it is easy to backslide to behaviors that stifle your growth as a leader. It takes 28 days to make new neural connections in the brain that allow you to automatically behave in your new positive manner. But, it takes a life time of commitment to self-evaluate and ensure you are making the necessary changes that allow you to be the synergetic catalyst that makes a positive difference in the people around you.

You are only as good as you choose to be using the ABC method of leadership. Instead of looking at your followers or people you influence and look internally at what drives you to think and act the way you do. Then, you can make the changes that create change in your life that positively impact those of people around you.

Fundamental’s: Leaders Create Vision While Managers Use Planning Processes To Be Successful

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To be successful in either leadership or management roles requires an opposing set of skills. Many are successful in either leadership or management roles; however, only a few are extraordinarily gifted enough to be able to successfully meld both requisite skills set together to create synergy. This blog will discuss distinctions between leadership vision and management planning. Leaders create a vision to inspire and provide direction for excellence through out of the box thinking that propels organizations to the top levels of their industries. From the opposite direction, managers develop the pathway that implements the leader’s vision through the planning process and focusing the employee’s energy by enforcement of policy and procedures.
Effective leader use their vision as the fundamental component to drive innovation and feed the insatiable appetite to excel. The drive to fulfill the vision is truly never-ending; because excellence is boundless it can never be truly realized. For example, if your organization’s vision is to lead your industry then what happens when it becomes the leader? It now has to look over its shoulder to see who is trying to catch up. If your vision is to continually produce innovative products that lead your industry, then your benchmark is simply to continue innovation. The fundamental desire for innovation is endless and the results are you lead your industry.
The vision is where we want to go and the planning process is the vehicle managers use to reach the vision. Planning is less flashy, but equally important. Leaders create the vision, but it takes a talented manager to construct the plan to make the vision a reality. Management is the yang to the leader’s yin. Managers build the road to meet the vision using the planning process to answers the following questions:
• Does the vision reflect the marketplace?
• How are we going to get there?
• How do we overcome the obstacles in the way?
• What is the time frame?
• Who will be involved?

Once these and many other questions are answered, then the pathway begins to take shape and roles and responsibilities are developed. Any manager can create strict guidelines for employees to follow to stay on course. An effective manager embraces the vision and then creates a pathway that sets necessary boundaries to keep people heading in the same direction. Highly effective managers create the boundaries, but also allow leeway for an individual ideas to be aired and implemented if it increases effectiveness of the vision.

A few extremely gifted individuals have the leadership ability to create the vision where they want to take their organizations and with the management skills to utilize the planning process to create the pathway to success.

What Leaders Can Learn From Failure

Like the story says, “sometimes the best plans fail”. As leaders, we strive for success and sometimes we declare through our own bravado, “failure is not an option”. Well, the reality is failure may not be an option but becomes a reality cracking you in the forehead. Once failure happens you can only dust yourself off and find out what happened to your fool proof plan. Don’t get angry, it only slows you down from analyzing what happened.

Here are a few steps:

  • ·Analyze what went wrong. Maybe it was a great idea and the timing was off. Sometimes success also happens through outside circumstances and not related careful planning.
  • ·Discuss with your team what was learned. You will learn different perspectives for what went right and wrong, and then be better prepared for the next time.
  • ·Decide what to do differently. It may not be as simple as reinforcing what you did right or wrong. By examining your failure you may have to completely change course.
  • ·Reaffirm your faith in your team and their individual abilities. You should confront the issues that need to be addressed, but reassure your team that failure only makes inevitable success more sweat.
  • ·Spotlight individual accomplishments. Especially if you are trying something new your team members have had to stretch and grow. Even if that one project failed, someone on your team probably learned a new skill or improved their abilities.

When you stop being angry at the situation, and analyze failure as a cause and effect relationship you begin to grow and improve. As you improve you create a greater Splash on the Matrix. Together, you will be on the cutting edge of success.