All of us feel a sense of pride/achievement when we contribute because it connects us to the basic purpose of life. The great joy of accomplishment comes from “Execution” and that joy is worth taking the ride full of ups/downs. Otherwise it may happen that one is dragging the life as a burden instead of life propelling itself.
We believe the key to execution is having a mission statement and a firm belief in it. The mission statement is driven by an inner urge to close a gap one sees around them. One of the common characteristics in leaders is they have higher level of energy. They have an extremely high quotient to make a difference. The extra-ordinary determination power keeps them glued to the vision and transform the culture.
We believe this becomes one of the reason for them to look for higher level roles so they are in a better position to influence. It also becomes a reality check to prove worthy of executing higher level roles. They constantly keep churning the wheel of actions through ups and downs.
It is important to act than to sit on the idea. As one moves along, things will start shaping up and may change direction. One may fail many times and may have to change the course of action before reaching the goal. The inner guidance will lit the path to fulfill the mission.
Speed is key to any execution, it helps in realizing the points of failure earlier in the cycle and if one is marching on right path, it creates more room for ability to deal with the unknown issues. If the self-belief goes down after repeated evaluation, it is important to change the course or abandon the idea and it is perhaps time to execute another idea which resonates with one.
One of the key aspect of marching on an idea is to strengthen it by sharing with like minded people, doing a reality check and revisiting it. If the belief in the mission grows bigger, next step perhaps could be to build the synergy to boost the execution speed.
One creates synergy by looking into the detailed tasks and the resources needed to accomplish the tasks. One starts appreciating the ability of others to contribute and believes in “share the journey, share the success”. By creating a sense of purpose for oneself and the like-minded folks one may be able to create the critical mass to bring the change.
It is important to “be effective” than to “be right” as part of execution strategy and always keep the mission goal ahead of the personal egos which often comes when many leaders collaborate. Many times “let it go” attitude helps even though things do not perfectly align with one’s style but are in line with the bigger mission goal. However, it is important to not compromise if the action plan can derail the mission. In short, it is about mission than about the individuals.
In bigger organization, leaders may look into promoting collaboration as part of team work, comparing individuals with each other may create a negative energy. One can multiply the power to execute exponentially by following “Leadership by looking up”. A leader recognizes the leadership potential of others and empowers them by asking for help. One may call it participative leadership style also.
It is important to bring clarity between the goal and action plan and constantly work with the team to prune the action plan and gauge the progress. It is difficult that a person has all traits but great leaders have an eye to pick the right players and put them in right place.
Conflict management is an important trait as one deals with others. It in essence is understanding the other person before you are understood. Many times these conflicts or varied perspectives are very helpful as they bring forth the point of failure/concerns. Building an environment of trust, working hard, celebrating the milestones and rewarding for the contributions boosts the morale of the team.
As the business thrives, it can further get a boost by creating synergies between different complementary businesses. Business to business synergy is generated by creating win-win situations for both parties. A leader invites other leaders to join by showing how it adds value for them.