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Success Hacks 101: 5 Habits of Effective Leadership

Updated on February 7, 2016

When tasked with leading a team you generally have two options:

  • Traditional Management
  • Maven Leadership

In the grand scheme of things, both options require close to the same amount of effort from leadership but have dramatically different impact on performance & morale.

Traditional Management – is closely aligned with waterfall oversight: Orders come down from the top and flow through each level of operations in rigid and universally formatted manner.

Maven Leaders -- seek to bring light to the grey areas by identifying best practices and leaning on the strength of the men & women with them.

Leaders who are willing to assume the more hands on approach and establish processes that resemble the latter. Position themselves for agile growth in a modern professional ecosystem.

From my experience these benefits derive from 5 leadership habits which set the tone for immediate organizational success:


Lift Up / Build Up

  • · The greatest resource that any organization can have is human capital: The skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their value cost to an organization or country. In short, that is to say – you need to take care of your people, not only will your organization grow exponentially but your team will research & develop new processes / products.

Train / Enable

  • · This habit is a natural progression from the aforementioned necessity to lift up and build up your team. When you properly train the members of your organization – you enable them to perform at a peak level. Thus, creating an environment that promotes growth across the board.

Be The Prototype

  • · The only way to insure that your team knows exactly what is expected of them is to – lead by example. That is to say, when you show your team how to fish; they will feed your organizations production for the life of your time together.

Together We Lead

  • · Traditional Management philosophy focused more on a chain of command because business was [generally speaking] linear and progressed in a predetermined format. Today, the demands of a global economy, coupled with a wide array of communication options have made the previous format obsolete. In its place we have seen the rise of agile leadership models, which benefit from flexibility, coupled with a shared experience. In short, leading with your team will position your organization for competitive growth in an ever evolving environment.

Challenge Conventional Wisdom / Hack Growth

  • · Teams that adapt to the rapid rate of change that we are experiencing [globally] across markets are positioned to be industry leaders. Organizations that challenge conventional wisdom and adapt to new platforms succeed. In an environment where businesses are required to grow or die to maintain success on a large scale.


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    • Darimusb profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      I appreciate the comment & agree that leadership is a team sport in today's hyper-connected multifaceted professional climate. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts -- in respects to some of my other post on the topic.

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      JP Carlos 

      2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Many misunderstand leadership as simply the task of the person in charge. Unfortunately this is not the case. Although it is true that the one in charge had to guide and influence the rest, everyone needs to take on the leadership cap especially when influencing others is needed in order to accomplish tasks. Likewise, by simply taking charge of one's self in order to achieve targets is a must. The leadership role is a dynamic role role that e wry one should exercise everyday.


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