Why Leading Like No Other Is A Blueprint For Gaining Followers – Episode 075

LFL 75 | Lead Like No Other

If you want to be a leader that is well respected and has a good influence, you need to lead like no other. Join your host Patrick Veroneau as he explains how you can do just that. Learn how to create an environment where others are inspired, empowered, and compelled to say yes to your requests. Join in for the ultimate blueprint on how to be a great leader that has the ability to inspire those around you.

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Why Leading Like No Other Is A Blueprint For Gaining Followers

How To Inspire, Empower And Compel Others

What does it mean to lead like no other? If you’ve seen any of my posts and if you’re reading this, you know that that’s the name of it, Lead Like No Other. This episode is about explaining what it means to lead like no other, and it’s not to say that there’s only one person, “I’m the only one that can lead like no other.” There’s a different approach here, and also a different approach to what is involved to create an environment where you learn to lead like no other because in the environment that we’re in, it certainly is something that is necessary.

In regards to leadership and the development of leaders, we’ve missed the mark in many areas in regards to what it means to lead. We’ve overcomplicated it. Hopefully, this model will help to shed some light in terms of a blueprint or a diagram of what it means to lead like no other. I’m not only obsessed with interviewing those whose actions are inspiring others to do great things and to lead like no other, but also to uncover the research that demonstrates that we all have the ability to lead like no other. As you’ll find out in this episode, it starts first with ourselves. When we lead like no other, we succeed like no other. Let’s get into it.

If you’ve seen any of my posts on LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook, the tagline that I’ve used quite regularly now is around the ‘lead like no other’ blueprint. I talk about it in terms of leaders are learners. There are three things that I’m going to talk about in this episode that are going to help identify what it means to lead like no other, and what’s created when we do lead like no other. When we lead like no other, we do three things. We inspire others, we empower others, and we compel others. This is not about only one person who can lead like no other. It’s not, “I’m the only one that can do this.” It’s deeper than that. It’s more about learning who you are yourself. There’s not a cookie-cutter to leadership. There are certain behaviors that transcend whatever personality you are that are beneficial, but there’s not one way to lead. It’s important from that standpoint that when you understand how to lead like no other, you do a couple of things first. One, you focus on self-awareness and secondly, you focus on an awareness of others.

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When I talk about self-awareness, if I’m not in a good place myself as a leader, it certainly makes it much difficult for me to inspire others to follow where I want to go. To start with, if I’m going to be an effective leader, if I’m going to inspire, empower and compel others, I need to be able to do that with myself first. There are four components that we need to address personally to put us in the best place that we can lead. Those are physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual. When we talk about physical, there are episodes where I talk about the importance of exercise, that if we’re not physically in good shape, it can be a deficit for us. Spiritually, I talk a lot about mindfulness and meditation. If we’re not in a place where we’re able to calm ourselves and be aware of ourselves to pause and calm down, I think that’s another area where it becomes a deficit for us to inspire others. There’s the emotional component, whether it’s dealing with emotional intelligence or intelligently emotional behaviors. That’s not meant to be manipulative, it’s simply about understanding my emotions. Intelligently, how do I manage these?

The other part of that in regards to emotion is understanding personalities. I am a proponent of DISC but certainly, there were other models that are out there that could be valuable or are valuable, but it’s important to understand personality as well. Lastly, it’s around intellectual. Self-awareness of intellectual, and that’s the cognitive component of our being. It could be our ability to be decisive, to analyze things in a way that helps us to when we’re able to do that, inspire others. We can develop that skill as well through learning. Again, leaders are learners. Once we’ve understood ourselves, we can apply that same approach to being aware of others. That becomes important in terms of how we inspire others. First, we have to be aware of how others operate. Personality and emotional intelligence are very important. From there, when we look in regards to the inspiring, the empowering and the compelling, what I’ve done is I’ve created a Venn Diagram that the intersection of all three of these is necessary to lead like no other.

The first part of this in regards to having followers around us that are inspired, what they say is, “I want to do it.” Whatever it is that I proposed, I’ve been able to position it in a way or treat them in a way that those people that are following where I want to go want to do it. I have provided them with the insight or the why as to why we’re doing this, but also it comes down to behaviors in terms of how I have treated this individual over a period of time. One of the models or blueprints that I use quite often is around cables. I speak about that in several of the episodes that I’ve done around the six behaviors that build relationship bridges: congruence, appreciation, being for others, listening, empathy and in specific, setting clear expectations. Those behaviors create an environment where we inspire other people to trust that they can follow where we want to go.

LFL 75 | Lead Like No Other

Lead Like No Other: Leading like no other is really about creating an environment where somebody says, “I want to do it. I have the ability to do it, and I will commit to doing it.”

 

When we move on past the inspire part, “That’s great. I want to do it, but then am I empowered to do it?” We can think of that as the, “I have the ability to do it.” Not only do I want to do it, but also I am empowered that I have the ability to do it. There were a couple of things that come into play here. One is skillset. Have I highlighted this person’s skills? Have I given them clear expectations in regards to understanding how they’re going to be able to do this? There are multiple behaviors in there. Again, clear expectations is the most important in terms of making sure that people understand what is it that I’m asking them to do. As important as well as do they have the autonomy to be able to do it? Do they feel empowered or do I micromanage them or watch over them, or I don’t give them the space to be able to make a mistake or to make a decision on their own. I’m on them all the time. We know when we do that, it creates an environment where people lack engagement because they don’t feel as though they have any autonomy.

The second part of that second ring within the Venn Diagram is around empowered. Have I created the ability where the person says, “I have the ability to do whatever that is that I’m asking them to do?” Lastly, in regards to the Venn Diagram is around compelled. What that says is, “I will commit to doing it.” What’s important here is that if we think back to the inspired component to this where somebody says, “I want to do it,” there are many things that I want to do or I might say, “I want to go to the gym.” That doesn’t necessarily mean I am going to be motivated or committed to going to the gym. I want to go to the gym but is that final piece there, that mortar between the bricks of all the things that I need to do, is that holding this thing together? To me, that’s the compelling part, that’s the commitment to this.

We need all three of these things. When we talk about the compelling component to it, a lot of the work that I do in terms of helping leaders develop skills or behaviors that create an environment that’s more compelling is around influence and understanding both influence and irrationality. There are multiple episodes that I’ve produced that speak to the importance of understanding influence and ethical influence is what’s important here. This is not about manipulation or coercion. This is about how I understand the natural principles of influence to be able to lead people into a place that they want to say yes to whatever my request is. We need all three of these. Leading like no other is about all three of these. It’s creating an environment where somebody says, “I want to do it. I have the ability to do it, and I will commit to doing it.” When we’re able to develop an environment that involves all three of those in our followers, we are leading like no other.

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When we looked at one of these rings being missing, I’ll give you a few examples. One is if I have somebody that’s both inspired and empowered, but they’re not compelled, oftentimes we will see this within organizations or individually. We’ll call it the flavor of the month where people certainly say, “I want to do this. I’ve been to a one-day workshop that we had, and I have the ability to do it because the tools that we learned there are great.” What happens if there’s no ability to develop this habit and over a period of time, that commitment, that being compelled to want to stick with this dissipates and deteriorates. Without that compelling component to it, we have a flavor of the month. Most that have worked within organizations are very familiar with the new direction we’re going to go with a new initiative and it fades off quickly because there isn’t a real compelling reason to do this.

The next one that you could run into, though, you could have somebody that is inspired and compelled but they don’t feel empowered. They don’t have the ability to do it, maybe they don’t have the skillset. They’re committed to it, “I want to be able to do this, but I don’t think I’ve got the skills or I haven’t been given the autonomy to be able to go off and take a risk or a chance or be allowed to be in a place where I will fail.” When we don’t have that empowerment component to it, when we only have the inspired and the compelled, I believe we’re set up to fail. That’s what happens when empowerment is missing or there’s a setup to fail component there.

Lastly, when I have somebody that is empowered and also compelled that they could say, “I’m empowered. I know that I have the skills. I’ve been given the tools to do this. I have the autonomy, but maybe it’s something that has been directed to me. I’m committing to doing this, but it’s not something that I willingly wanted to commit to do this.” We know when that happens, what are we missing? We’re missing the inspiration where the individual has their own why behind this. The motivation behind this is an external motivation that’s put on us by somebody else, by our manager or our leader, but it’s not something that I’ve internalized. For real effective outcomes, we know that if we can get to the place where people are internally motivated to go, where we’re asking them to go, the likelihood of not only the quality of the job but also the likelihood that it will be finished is far greater than if it’s me telling somebody what to do.

That is the diagram or the blueprint for what it means to lead like no other. When we were in a place where we were able to, through our actions, create followers that are inspired, empowered and compelled, the likelihood that we’re going to be successful in whatever undertaking that is, is exponentially greater than if we don’t have all three of those components to it. Part of the leading like no other is it starts with ourselves. It starts with our ability to be physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually at our best. If we don’t focus on ourselves first, how can we ever expect to inspire anybody else to want to follow us as well?

I hope you found this episode valuable. If you know somebody you think might benefit from this, I would ask that you forward it to them. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I would ask you to please subscribe. It would mean the world to me if you’d leave a rating and a comment on either this episode or any other episode that you found helpful in your own growth or direction and learning to lead like no other. Until our next episode, I hope you do two things. One is to lead like no other and the other is to rise above your best. Peace.

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