USMC Leadership Traits to Excel in Business
Leadership is key – whether you’re a boss with a team or an employee in corporate America. It’s all about communication and avoiding pitfalls.
Rich Cardona is a Marine who is opening up his leadership toolbox so we can take everything from good leaders and bad leaders to develop our own style.
In this episode, he is also going to touch on the three big questions we must always be asking ourselves:
- What do I know?
- Who needs to know?
- Do they know?
We also talk about how to deal with defensive people and when we should stop trying to prove a point.
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If I am opening or launching my business, I inevitably am going to need help. Whether people like it or not, it’s not just going to be you all the time doing everything. You are quickly going to find out how your bandwidth shrinks significantly, then you’re going to have to bring people on.
Why Leadership is a Buyer-Seller Conversation
I think there’s a lot of fear of people’s services or products being compromised if it’s not them doing everything all the time. So the first thing you need to identify is why would I want to work with you, partner with you, or work for you. And that is a really important message to be able to convey.
And I don’t think that’s something, Christina, that you can practice. You need to identify how authentic you are going to be with your people and the type of leader you’re going to be.
So the way I think about it is this, you said it’s the furthest thing from their mind a lot of times and I definitely agree, but you have to determine the good and bad experiences that you’ve had, especially if this is a side hustle type situation.
What have you experienced in your current role or position or company that you loved?
Who is that person that you aspire to be?
And then conversely, you have to look at who is it that has ruined your day a million times? Who is it and what are they doing that has made you feel that I need to explore other opportunities or that’s it.
I always kind of call that the leadership toolbox. You always take everything from the good and bad leaders collectively and then you kind of form your own leadership style.
Once you identify that style, what I think happens is you will be able to kind of explain that to people and be like, “Hey, this is what I’m about. This is what I’m trying to do” and the most important thing overall is the why.
Why, why am I doing this?
It’s a buyer-seller kind of conversation. You are the one selling and what are you going to do to make them buy so to speak.
Why Leadership Fails in Big Companies
You kind of understand in big companies how that happens… and I mean I worked for a very big company at one point and you know it’s just if the growth is exponential then for lack of a better term, the talent pool is diluted a little bit.
Now on a small business, you would think – I could absolutely make the best hires or I’m going to have the best people or whatever it is. But, I think if it’s your business, your baby, your money, your livelihood on the line, your lifestyle online, it changes you.
It really has a propensity and capacity to change you if you’re not careful. So you have to be completely self-aware if and when your behavior starts to change.
And I hope what you said resonates with people where you identify that moment, and or that sentence, or that phrase, or the command that you said to somebody that was very reminiscent of a bad experience you may have had because that will probably wake you up from that kind of, “I’m in love with my own ideas” type mentality.
Communication in Leadership
And this all goes back to communication, right?
Communication and leadership obviously go hand in hand. But my point on communication is does everyone know what the hell is going on? Does everyone know what’s going on from the top to the bottom?
It doesn’t matter the size of the organization. Does everyone know what’s going on and I say that because – can you keep the main effort?
So if our goals for this quarter or this month are this, okay, cool. Everyone knows it great. But again, it’s the why.
You have to have the buy-in. And the thing is, I think in a lot of situations, people will pass that message down and everyone knows if I’m getting a paycheck, this is my job, I have to execute. But you could take it a step further and explain to them some of the business aspects behind the decision.
And if they learn something about why these decisions are made and why they’re being asked to do something, then boom, they’re going to work harder. And that is a technique I will forever use because why hoard information now?
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