One of the main prerequisites for being a good leader is having a clear vision of what you want. Think about it: How can you expect people to follow you if you don’t know where you’re going?
A lot of this comes down to goal setting. You need to know the outcome you expect before embarking on any task. If you’re delegating a task to somebody else, you also need to be able to communicate that goal clearly to the person you’re delegating to, so they know the expected outcome as well.
A good way to do this is to start with the result you want, and work backwards to now. Then you can be certain what you want is achievable. After that, you can devise strategies and tactics to get your goal accomplished.
Not sure what the difference is?
To put it simply:
Strategy is WHAT you want to do, tactics are HOW you’re going to do it.
Strategy is THINKING tactics are DOING.
Both have to work in tandem for you to accomplish your goal. Generally as a leader, you’ll do the thinking, and you’ll delegate the doing to others.
You should also plan ahead and anticipate potential problems. It’s very rare (in business AND in life) for things to go completely to plan – there’s always something beyond your control that has the potential to cause you problems. The trick is to anticipate those problems and have an alternative strategy or tactic on hand just in case.
Think: If this, then what?
For example: If your car runs out of gas, then how will you get to the meeting? You’ll have to take a cab, or a bus or the subway.
See what I mean?
Having a clear vision, and devising a strategy and tactics to accomplish your goal will inspire confidence in you, and make leading your team easier.
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