If you want to become a better leader then take the FASTER Approach, not only will you become more successful but you´ll also be able to earn the respect of your peers due to your inspiring leadership. Here we go!
Focus – Accountability – Simplicity – Transparency – Empowerment – Recognition
Ensure that you and your team are focused on the right things. Have a clear and simple set of goals that are easy to comprehend, which are communicated early and often to your team. Ensure that they know what success looks like, and that there are small benefits along the way, which act as road signs, confirming that they are on the right route.
Hold yourself and your team accountable. Now that you have a clear and well-defined set of goals to follow, let people know their role in them, and what they will be accountable for. People don’t mind being held accountable; in fact many like it and strive from it, providing that there is clarity in what they are being asked to do.
Keep things as simple as possible, don’t over complicate things unnecessarily. Simplicity allows us to have better focus, because it’s impossible to have great focus on a complex solution. Challenge everything, and see whether there is a simpler way it can be done, or whether something needs to be done at all.
We need to be open and honest about where we are and the progress that we are making. We need to provide clear progress reports, which we share with our team. This will allow us to hold them accountable for what needs to be done, and to motivate them, as they see the good progress they are making. Without transparency we do not know where we are, and if we don’t know where we are, how the hell can we know the direction we need to go, to reach our goals.
If we are going to hold our team accountable then we need to empower them to get the tasks done. Give them matching authority to be able to make the right decisions or the changes needed, to ensure success. Empowerment is a great motivator, as it shows to your team, that you have confidence in them.
Recognize successes no matter how small it is. What we recognize gets repeated, so create a culture of success by recognizing successes, no matter how tiny it may seem. You can start small and then continue to raise the bar, and if you do this, with good doses of recognition, your team will strive to achieve more and more. Recognition is the greatest motivator there is, so use it lavishly. I know many people think that you should keep recognition for special events or outstanding achievement only, but it’s all a lie. Let me tell you something, in my years of experience, those are the same people who never recognized anything, because that special success never comes! Success needs to be nurtured, and glorifying successes comes after a series of small doses of successes.
Lets lead the way, Let’s make 2014 great!