The 10 Fundamentals for Growing Forward Leadership

A Leaders Guide for “Growing Forward” in Today’s Challenging Times

Today’s leaders are faced with business challenges as tough as any over the past 35 plus years. In order to provide the needed leadership for their organization’s success leaders today need to demonstrate some very fundamental leadership skills and behaviors.

So far we have reviewed 2 fundamentals:

1 – Work Hard (and Smart) and Perform

2 – Radiate Confidence and Optimism

Today, we will review the third fundamental behavior that “Growing Forward Leaders” must model for their team during challenging times, and for when things may not always be going the right way or perhaps as well as planned.

Fundamental 3 – Enlist and Enroll vs. Command and Control

Micro management breeds distrust. Without trust, things will slow down and costs will Go Up!

With TRUST things move faster and the costs go down!

“Growing Forward Leaders” need to enlist the help and talents of their people. Here are some ways to do that.

Learn How to Delegate: Give your people a sense of control and ownership. Give them worthy assignments. Give them something to do to help make a difference.

Enlist Your Team’s Help: Listen to your people. They are the ones who are closest to the action. Your people serve as great recon with clients, competitors, market status etc.

“Growing Forward Leaders” energize others’ talents to generate and implement critical business solutions. When leaders share authority and responsibility it will deepen their people’s commitment to the organization.

In challenging times, leaders make sure everyone is focused and engaged or fully “enrolled” to helping the company being a success.

“Growing Forward Leaders,” ask yourself:

  • What is the level of trust in your organization?
  • How fast or slow do things move around your organization? Why do you think this is?
  • How would you rate your company’s level of trust? Morale?

Now ask your people how they would rate the level of trust? Morale?

Bill Arman

Bill Arman

worked for and helped grow one of the biggest landscape outfits in the country. He’s seen how the big boys do it, how their systems and structures work. So his know-how is rooted in recruiting, hiring, training and growing great people—that along with quality assurance. Bill, alone, has gone on 15,000 quality site visits in his career. Nobody else has that, not that we know of anyway. He received Lawn and Landscape/ Bayer Environmental Science's 2006 Leadership Award. Read Bill's full bio.

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