There is nothing quite like a game of golf: the opportunity to enjoy Mother Nature, breathe fresh air, and create memories that will last a lifetime – all while enjoying time with friends, loved ones, and colleagues.
While many golfers find it fashionable to be self taught, it would be wiser to find a compatible coach and apply their instruction. Why? One reason is because golfers cannot objectively take in their own entire swings.
So it is with Leadership Handicaps. It is wise for those who want to improve their game to seek the services of an experienced coach. A Leadership Coach can help undo deeply ingrained flaws. These flaws may be so deep that the leader is unaware of them at all: the flaws are guarded by a well constructed blind spot.
The top three key fundamentals to improve your leadership game are:
Get a Grip
A leader needs to get a grip. As the only connection to the business end of the enterprise, the team, too tight a grip tends to stifle desirable action. Too loose a grip risks loss of the control needed to ensure that team members perform to the best of their ability.
To check your grip, ask these questions:
· Have I given enough direction?
· Does my team have the time, tools, and resources to succeed?
Take Your Stance
Another often overlooked key fundamental is stance. Why? Stance dictates how far away the leader stands from the team in the tee box. Too far away and the leader will be forced to make unnecessary and taxing compensations to execute. Too close and the leader may not be able to get out of their own way.
To check your stance, ask these questions:
· Am I setting the right parameters?
· Does my team have the freedom to move nimbly on their own?
Assume Your Posture
Posture, perhaps of all the fundamentals, is most easily violated. This is because a leader’s posture may feel right but, in truth, be completely wrong for the desired outcome. Too much weight on the heels leads to bad execution and unforced errors. No flex in the legs results in inconsistency. It is wise for leaders to maintain a little flex if they want their teams to perform consistently over time.
To check your posture, ask the following questions:
· What are my non-negotiables for performance?
· Do I communicate these regularly to my team?
Other Leadership Fundamentals are:
· Avoid Bad Habits
· Focus on the Task at Hand
Avoid Bad Habits
Enroll with a Leadership Coach as soon as possible. Do not wait. Take advantage of this opportunity and you will be glad you did.
Focus on the Task at Hand
As you work, it is easy to reflect on something bad or a missed opportunity. Do not do this. Try your best to focus on the present, concentrating fully on the now rather than the past.
Try to gather your thoughts, breathe a couple of times, relax, and focus on the present. You will notice an improvement and lower your Leadership Handicap as a result.