Leadership Under 140 Characters

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Here is a short tip for providing focused, effective leadership when work is busy.

Inc. Magazine is a great resource; last week it ran a short article on leadership that is applicable to everyone. Here is an excerpt.

The magazine shared a tweet from Elon Musk: “Incredibly proud of the SpaceX team for achieving this milestone in space! Next goal is reflight within 24 hours.”

Elon tweeted this the day after his company SpaceX successfully launched and recovered its first recycled rocket, Falcon 9.

Two lessons here, according to Inc. Magazine

  1. Focus on your employees’ accomplishments, not on your own.Show appreciation, make it specific and sincere. Celebrate your team and what they are achieving. Some leaders use “manage by exception” but that can become dispiriting when only the negatives are highlighted.
  1. Keep your team aligned to the next big thing. Promote a culture of continuous improvement and keep the team focused on the next challenge at hand.  Your team wants to grow, and they will achieve break throughs with your encouragement and direction.

Elon Musk’s tweet was very short, (under 140 characters,) but it said a lot about his leadership.

What is your leadership style? Do you put your people first? Or do your facial expressions, body language and frustrations create a mixed environment during the spring rush?

Jeffrey’s Breakthrough Idea: Leadership is simple when you keep it simple, and make it about your people.

Take Action: In spite of all the setbacks you will incur this spring, take time to highlight the win’s as they happen and keep your troops looking forward to the next challenge.

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