“INNOVATION DISTINGUISHES BETWEEN A LEADER AND A FOLLOWER.”
— Steve jobs, Apple
For those of us not leading a Fortune 500 company, let’s dig into how to create an ALL-IN mindset with your team today, regardless of size.
As a leader, you can have the best strategy out there, but without passion, it’s just ideas on paper. Your passion has to be an expression of your strategy if you want others to not only follow, but to believe, in you. It all comes down to an effective, well though-out, and well-communicated mission, vision and purpose.
You must consider both the macro and the micro approach to your vision, or you risk losing momentum on a long-term goal. Keeping your team involved, empowering them to contribute and communicate, ensuring consistent feedback and reinforcing the end objective will play a key role in creating an environment of successes, fostering teamwork and cultivating a sense of purpose. That will result in being all in!
Next, encourage your team to take calculated risks, regardless of the chance of failure. As an effective leader, you should have a general idea of the parameters of those risks, but create an environment where they step out of their comfort zone and think outside the box. And if they do fail, encourage them and have them keep going. Don’t show disappointment, this is where you earn your stripes, be a leader and mentor. Remember, you are helping them grow through personal experience.