Regardless of the Leadership philosophy you have, the leaders of Blue Chair believe in the basics of leading a team.
Honesty and Integrity
Honesty and integrity are the cornerstones to making a great leader. We can’t expect our teams to be honest with us if we lack these qualities ourselves? We stick to our values and core beliefs and without ethics, this will not be possible.
It has always been my belief, that at times the only equity you have is your word. If your word and promises are no good, no one will believe in your vision or follow you. – Gregory Gragg
“A good leader takes little more than his share of the blame and little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H Glasow.
We make sure every team member is accountable for what they are doing. If they do well, we recognize it, if they struggle, we help them realize their mistakes and work together to improve. Holding our teams accountable for their actions creates a sense of responsibility among our team members and they go about the business more seriously.
Motivating a team to follow you is one of the hardest challenges a leader faces. It can only be possible if you inspire your followers by setting a good example. When the going gets tough, the Leader gets going. The team looks up to you to see how you react to the situation and the direction you will go. If you handle it well, they will follow you. As a leader, should always see “the glass half full” this positive approach should be visible through your actions. Stay calm under pressure and keep the motivation level up.
If you doubt your own decisions and qualities, then your subordinates will never follow you. A leader is a deliverer of “Hope”. Whether you are a Preacher, a School Teacher or a Company President, your job is to deliver “Hope”. As a leader, you have to be confident, show some flair, have charisma and be assertive to gain the respect of your subordinates. This does not mean you should be overconfident, but you should at least reflect the degree of confidence required to ensure your followers trust you as a leader.
Commitment and Passion
No one wants to follow a leader who doesn’t get their hands dirty. A leader needs to be willing to do anything to support the endeavor. When the team sees the leader willing to take on any task, they will also give their best effort. It will also help you to gain the respect of your subordinates and infuse new energy in your team members, which helps them to perform better. If they feel you are not fully committed or lacks passion, then it would be an uphill task for the leader to motivate your followers to achieve the goal.
We believe in communicating our vision to the team, show them how they will play a role in our success, so they can be committed to the goal. It will be very difficult to get the results we want without sharing our “end game” whether annually or far in the future. If you are unable to communicate your message effectively to your team, you can never be a good leader. Words have the power to motivate people and make them do the unthinkable. If you use them effectively, you can also achieve better results.
Don’t Fire until you see the whites of their eyes. – William Prescott, The Battle of Bunker Hill.
Leadership means taking action, being able to make that decision at the right time and sometimes it is brash. Decisions taken by leaders have a profound impact on the masses. Our philosophy is to research, gain input, weigh options, before making any decision but once the decision is taken, stand by it.
Delegation and Empowerment
We Believe in “Gerber Philosophy”. It is important for a leader to focus on key responsibilities while leaving the rest to others. We empower our teams and delegate tasks to them. Micro-Management is a cancer that eats at the possibility of growth. The lack of empowerment will develop a lack of trust and more importantly, leaders will not be able to focus on important matters. Delegating tasks to our team members allows us to see how they perform. We provide our team with all the resources and support they need to achieve the objective and give them a chance to bear the responsibility.
“The only way to exponentially grow is to empower and teach team members to do what you could do. Then let them evolve the concepts in to new innovations for the company. If you fail at this you will never scale.” – Gregory Gragg
Creativity and Innovation
In order to get ahead in today’s fast-paced world, a we believe a leader must be creative and innovative. Critical thinking, creative concepting and constant innovation is what makes our teams stand out from the crowd. Think out of the box to come up with unique ideas and turn those ideas and goals into reality.
- We believe we need empathy for our teams. We do not believe in a dictatorial style of management. We believe in a close network with our teams. Understanding their problems and feeling their pain is the first step to become an effective leader.