Why Leaders Must Address PERCEPTIONS

When one assumes a position of leadership, he needs to prepare properly, and position himself to be capable of, both, perceiving/ conceiving of what’s expected and needed, as well as possess the skills, etc, to achieve the proper objectives! The reality is, unless/ until, one addresses the perceptions, questions and concerns, of constituents, and understands things, from their perspectives, there is no way, to achieve and/ or focus on what is most essential! With that in mind, this article will briefly examine and discuss, the impact, PERCEPTIONS, have, in terms of the best strategies, approaches, plans and actions, a leader should embrace. Both a leader’s perceptions, and the way, constituents, perceive things, has a huge effect, on one’s eventual success. Using the mnemonic approach, we will look at, why leaders must address PERCEPTIONS.

1. Priorities: Few would disagree, there is a need for a leader, to know his goals and priorities, and be ready, willing and able, to proceed accordingly! Great leaders realize, they often perceive things, differently from those they serve, yet understand, they must address perceptions, and answer questions and concerns, thoroughly, and to the satisfaction, of those they serve.

2. Empathy: One must never assume he knows, it all, or has all the answers and/ or solutions. Begin by effectively listening, and realizing how important it is, to pay close attention, and properly address their needs and concerns! Possessing the ability to consistently proceed, with the utmost empathy, is, perhaps, the most essential asset of any real leader.

3. Relevant: Leading is not about merely looking, or being busy, but, rather, proceeding in the most relevant manner. Avoid individuals who prioritize the same – old, same – old, and demand people, who look for viable solutions, to present needs, and future possibilities!

4. Concerns; caring; clarity: How will you know, you are addressing the concerns of stakeholders? Will you clearly demonstrate your sincere, caring manner? Do you proceed with the utmost clarity, so others will understand your reasoning and rationale?

5. Earn respect: A leader does not automatically become respected, or listened to, unless/ until, he demonstrates, through his actions and ideas, he earns that respect!

6. Planning: There is no replacement for quality, thorough, comprehensive, leadership planning! This must focus, not only on actual needs, but also the perceptions, concerns, and confusions, of those, one serves.

7. Timely: Far too many pseudo – leaders, procrastinate, rather than taking well – considered, timely, relevant action! One only becomes a genuine leader, when he realizes and appreciates this concept and reality!

8. Integrity; ideas; ideology: It’s important/ essential to remember, understand and embrace, a leader must maintain absolute integrity, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but, also, because constituents are always watching and observing! Evaluate the quality and relevance of ideas, as well as whether they are consistent, with the ideology of the organization.

9. Options: Avoid individuals who believe they know – it – all, and follow a philosophy of My way, or the highway! Rather, choose people, who consider options and alternatives, with an open – mind!

10. Needs: True leaders seek viable solutions, and courses of action, which focus on needs, concerns and priorities!

11. Solutions; strengthens; sustainable system: Quality leadership must be based on addressing challenges, and seeking solutions, rather than merely blaming and complaining! Closely examine whether a leader strengthens his organization and constituents, as opposed to merely pursuing the same – old, same – old! One’s goal must be to perceive and conceive of, create, develop and implement a quality, sustainable system.

If you wish to become a leader, you must be willing to address the PERCEPTIONS of, both, the constituents, you serve, as well as your own! Are you up to the task?