Why Leaders Need To Build Their Toolboxes
What if you went into an operating room and the doctor had only one tool, say, a scalpel?
While that would be great for the initial incision and removal of tissue, appendix, and such, how would they vacate the area of excess blood, clean the incision area, or even suture you back up?
Or, how about a carpenter who only has a saw and a measuring tape? How effective would s/he be in building houses if all they could do was measure and cut?
Many leaders limit the amount of tools in their toolbox. Often times it’s because they are comfortable with one or two types of tools. And while that can serve them well for a short period, over the long haul how much more influence and success would they have if they attempted to master as many of the tools that they could at their disposal?
The challenges of time, uncertainty, lack of knowledge, and the ability or length of time to learn are all valid points to a degree. But for every doctor who mastered the forceps, clamp, and sutures; for every carpenter that became skilled with the level, nail gun, and screwdriver; there are leaders who left their comfort zones to become master physicians and builders of enduring organizations of people because they put many of the following tools in their toolbox:
People Skills, such as listening, validating, connecting, and collaboration.
Learning, about their industry, business, and the world around them.
Reading, for personal growth and personal pleasure.
Social Media, to be connected, have reach, and stay on trend.
Networking, to build relationships and create positive change synergy.
Self-Awareness, to become the best leader they can be.
Others-Awareness, to make their people the best leaders they can be.
The tools available for you are endless, and growing constantly throughout the years. Streaming videos, conferences, networking events, podcasts, books, blogs, and observation are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to enhancing your leadership repertoire. The measure of your influence and reach beyond your time can be directly linked to how many, and how well, you use the tools available to you.
Determine today to build your toolbox. Then master the resources at hand and help others become master builders themselves.