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One of the challenges I see again and again in leadership is a chronic overcommitment on goals to reach a shared company vision.




One of the challenges I see again and again in leadership is a chronic overcommitment on goals to reach a shared company vision.


Several years ago, we helped a leadership team formulate their 3 year strategic plan using alignment practices.


They agreed on common goals and left fired up and focused. Within a short time, this team’s performance moved from the bottom quartile to the top. Most of the leaders who continued using the simple alignment practices were now the top leaders of the entire company.


Fostering alignment is THE critical skill that separates dreamers from leaders who get things done.


The definition of Leadership that I focus on is:


The Art and Science of Inspiring Commitment and Aligned Action towards a Clear Vision


Let’s break it down.


Art and Science - Great leadership is an art because everyone practices it differently. Now, there is a large body of solid research and evidence regarding what it takes to be a good leader and how we can reproduce those variables.


Inspiring Commitment - Good leaders know that commitment trumps compliance every time and is key to an engaged work culture.


Aligned Action - Alignment occurs when two or more people come together to make an agreement that ignites action. While inspirational leaders can get folks jazzed-up about things, those who foster aligned action get traction and momentum behind great ideas.


Clear Vision - The most essential component of leadership is vision. Without a vision of a future better than the past, there is no leadership. Instead, you have the status quo—or worse, devolution.


If you are a leader eager to steer your company in the direction of alignment and inclusivity, we are here to help.



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