Freedom within Boundaries

Freedom within Boundaries

No leader has ever suffered because their people were effective and strong. Successful leaders empower others to achieve results. Empowerment is the transfer of power and authority to make decisions and take action. Empowerment provides the freedom and flexibility to deliver results within the boundaries established by the leader. Boundaries are what have to be done. Boundaries cause effort and energy to be effectively channeled. If there are no boundaries, people lose direction. Accordingly, below are three core boundaries.

  • Clear Direction – Be clear about the results that you want to achieve. Clear results lead to clear action. Clear action leads to better execution and accountability. Providing clarity about expectations and results reduces distractions. A lack of clarity grants organizations and people a license to maintain the status quo.
  • Laser Focus – Concentrate on achieving strategic priorities while filtering-out unwanted distractions and noise. Focus is measured by achieving milestones and delivering results on time. When creating focus, deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
  • Operational Execution – Reinforce the discipline of initiating and sustaining a process for getting things done. Execution must be the core competency of an organization’s culture. The culture must create a relentless sense of urgency for achieving results and raising the bar.

Organizational success requires achieving results established in advance and on purpose. Results must also be delivered faster and better than the competition to create a sustainable advantage in the market. Faster means ahead of schedule, not on time. Better means exceeding expectations, not meeting them. An organization’s capacity to deliver results and outperform the competition is directly related to the leader’s ability to empower others. Enlarging others makes the leader larger too.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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