As with virtually every element in life, there is a rhythm to leadership. What this means is that there are times when a leader must be able to effectively impress their will without destroying the nature of the mission.
Consider the law enforcement professional who arrives at a chaotic scene: victims are distraught, witnesses are concerned, and by standers are confused as to what is going on. The natural rhythm of leadership calls for the officer to assist the victims, identify potential and actual witnesses, and reassure the bystanders that the matter is being attended to in an expedient and professional manner.
The way the professional takes control of this situation is the result of extensive training, practices, and experience.
Imagine the business leader who, upon entering the workplace, is immediately besieged with the calamities of the day; broken equipment, late shipments, missing documentation, and deadlines that are coming due. The natural rhythm of leadership calls for the business professional to immediately delegate tasks in order to locate more information, from which to make a decision. Effective delegation means that they have already been working to empower their personnel with decision-making power, while retaining overall responsibility.
The solution to the business calamity may not be an immediate resolution, but rather, as in the police officer scenario, a resolute response.
Regardless the situation or challenges, the effective leader is one who moves into the decision-making mindset quickly and effectively. They make sound decisions, in concert with the situation or challenge, not in conflict against it.
What is the Secret to Success?
“The body cannot go, where the mind has never been.” ~ Anon
Practice, review, rehearsal, fine-tuning, correction, and repeat. It is only through the disciplined effort to improve, that one may improve in any endeavor. So it is as well with leadership. Effective leaders are those who recognize the rhythm of a situation and are able to work and move within it. The choice is simple, react or respond; effective leaders use the rhythm of the situation to respond.
Dr. Eugene Matthews