Companies are hiring fewer but better qualified people; they are pushing decision-making authority down the chain of command. Today, a manager may need to decide that a few years ago might have been approved by a management committee. They must demonstrate the ability to act with limited or imperfect information.
Hiring for excellence is key for any leader to succeed. The people you surround yourself with ultimately define your success. You will be judged by your peers by the quality of your staff. Don’t be afraid to hire people that are smarter than you. Look for qualities that play into and complement yours.
The title is a quote from Ross Perot (Billionaire and one-time candidate for U.S. President), who so quaintly pointed out that “Eagles don’t flock, they soar. You have to find them one at a time.” It is the value of patience to find the right employee. Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions and make the tough decisions.
At every level of an organization, companies are hiring leaders who can galvanize talented people toward ambitious goals and motivate them to succeed. Companies today do not need more team players. Experience has shown that team players are afraid to voice their opinions. Who wants hangers-on? Every company in the US is battling the clock to stay in business, increase market share, and meet the demands of their shareholders.
In this environment, you must display leadership abilities to become an integral part of the solution. If you can’t lead effectively and drive through your message and actions, people won’t feel you’re credible.
Credibility is delivering results that your company leadership cares about. It is what helps obtain the business goals of your peers. It is an ongoing process that feeds on itself.
To be an effective leader you need vision, communication, relationship building and influence.
• Vision – a clear and compelling point of view for how IT can take their enterprise to the next level
• Communication – articulate the vision clearly and compellingly
• Relationship building – spend more time with fellow executives building and maintaining these, whose buy-in is needed for approval and implementation
• Influence – rely on persuasion and relationships
Being a leader is about change and influencing others to change. Leading your business colleagues to set expectations and identify what is valued and leading your team to deliver on that.