The Perfect Leader

Leadership Excellence Trust

In the history of major league baseball there have only been 21 “perfect games”.

A perfect game in baseball is a game in which the pitcher does not allow any of the opposing players to reach base. The pitcher pitches the entire nine innings and only faces 27 batters.

I have been reading the chronology of perfect games in major league baseball.  One of the first perfect games was pitched by an alumnus of the college I attended.

When people talk about perfect games their focus is always on the pitcher, the leader. But, perfect games don’t happen without outstanding performances by the entire team. For the game to be “perfect” there can be no mistakes by the players in the field.  Most perfect games also include amazing performances by players other than the pitcher.

In business, politics and most other walks of life, organizations search for perfect leaders.

Organizations identify the characteristics of perfect leaders, and compile lists of the most outstanding leaders in history.

Unfortunately, in business and politics, we don’t have finite statistics to measure leadership. Unlike baseball, a leader’s success or failure is measured over months or years as opposed to the three hours it takes to pitch nine innings. But the perfect leader and the player who pitches a perfect game do have one thing in common. Their success is dependent upon the performance of their supporting cast.

Errors can destroy a perfect game in baseball.  In the same way, mistakes made by members of their team can destroy the legacy of business leaders.

A baseball pitcher has little or no input into who his teammates are.  Business and political leaders are given the opportunity to hand pick the members of their team.

Through the challenges they overcome, both the business leader and the baseball pitcher have the ability to inspire and give confidence to their teams. They can earn respect through their behavior, build momentum through consistent performance, and motivate their teams by recognizing their contributions. Most importantly, leaders and pitchers can help their teams believe in the reality of the goals they are pursuing.

What kind of leader are you?

  • Do you instill confidence?

  • Do you acknowledge the contributions of those on your team?

  • Do you behave in a consistent manner?

  • Do you help the members of your team believe in the vision you have helped create?

  • What do you want your legacy to be?

 

In my book, “A Garage Full of Ferraris”, I highlight the characteristics of 15 men and women who have experienced success as leaders of their respective organizations.  Their stories are inspiring.

Do You Have Leadership Potential?

Leadership Excellence Mentorship

91% of millennials have aspirations to hold a leadership position. The numbers for non-millennials may not be as high, but it is safe to say that a high percentage of today’s workers aspire to take on a leadership role.

Why not be a leader?

Most leaders earn more and have a greater degree of control over their destiny.

But what stands between those who want to be leaders and the opportunity to be a leader?

Getting Started

First of all, you can and should show your leadership potential before you are promoted. Sure, you won’t receive the compensation you desire.  You will get valuable experience, and you will capture the attention of management. This will put you on the list for consideration the next time a position becomes available.

What kind of leader are you?

If you are unsure if you have what it takes to lead, there are several easy ways to find out. The easiest way I know of is to take a leadership assessment. There are plenty of good ones available. One of the most accurate assessments, and least costly, is the one offered by Wiley. This  20 – 30 minute assessment highlights your leadership strengths, and provides a snap shot to help you get started.

If you would like to receive a personalized leadership profile, send me and email. Send it to info@truleadership.com and put “leadership” in the subject line.

What next?

After you have a clear picture of what kind of leadership you are cut out for, put your hands on one of the better leadership books. There are hundreds available.

One of the best, and time tested, is “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner. One of my favorites is “Turn the Ship Around!” by L. David Marquet. Given my love of football, I found Bill Walsh’s “The Score Takes Care of Itself” to be quite refreshing.

In 2015 I released a book for aspiring leaders.  The book  highlights the leadership journey of 15 successful leaders from business and academia. The book: “A Garage Full of Ferraris”, is available on Amazon.

In the coming weeks I will be discussing the challenges facing those aspiring to be leaders.  I will highlight potential solutions to common obstacles standing between you and your career goals.