Weak leaders waffle and shape-shift. They’re easily swayed by popular opinion or the path of least resistance.
Their point of view is remarkably consistent with whatever their boss says, or send messages that will cause the least amount of work. They attract other easy people, who’ll just go with the flow. The flow turns to stagnant mediocrity.
Inspiring leaders have a more deliberate, inspiring point of view. They’re attracted to, and attract, others with carefully considered perspectives.
“The most difficult work most professionals do is getting someone else to agree with their point of view and take action. The second most difficult work professionals do is developing a point of view in the first place.”~ Seth Godin
Strong leaders articulate a recognizable point of view:
- What would Gandhi say?
- What would Jesus do?
- How about Martin Luther?
- Martin Luther King?
- What would (insert your favorite leader here) do?,/li>
4 Signs You Have An Inspiring Point Of View
V – Vision: Your expectations are clear and easy to follow. People get where you are headed and why. Clarity brings consistency and comfort.
I – Integrity: You do what you say and say what you do. Your team knows what to expect from you, and what behaviors you expect from them.
E – Empowerment: An inspiring point of view guides, scaffolds and empowers action. No waiting around for permission and guidance. You stay out of the weeds because you know your team understands your perspective. They don’t have to run to you for decisions, they can just ask WW_D?
W – Wisdom: You’re clear but not stuck. You help others clarify their own thinking and articulate their point of view. You know the best results come after careful consideration of diverse perspectives. You welcome debate.
Point of View Check-Points
Consider your point of view on leadership or parenting, marriage, friendship, customer service. What beliefs do you hold most strongly? How do you communicate your point of view to your followers or children, spouse, friends, customers? If you’re brave, ask them. Do you like what you hear?