[September 1, 2018] All serious leaders are relentlessly looking for ways to improve their ability in bringing people together for a common goal. One technique I’ve found valuable is the use of documented best practices.
“Companies that model best practices, that model the most upstanding principles, end up as the most profitable. It’s not a trade of profits versus principles.” – Philip Zimbardo, American psychology professor
This series on the Leadership Toolbox is designed to give us a simple listing of those methods that make being a leader easier. Experienced leaders already have an insight to those found here and are using them daily. Occasionally we might forget one or two but reality has a way of bringing us back to those basics.
All institutions need best practices. The more complex or the more difficult the mission, the value a detailed and readily available list of those practices can be. The U.S. Army, for example, has its best practices gathered in their Army’s Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) website. Their site has useful information on everything from avoiding dehydration to manning a checkpoint.
A good best practices list includes such things as training techniques, case studies, information documents, analysis of standard procedures, and the like. These are useful and a common location for them to be found is ideal. That way, all anyone from the organization needs to do, is call up the information.
Don’t be fooled into complacency, however. Best practices can lead to stagnation if leaders are not careful. There will always be a better way of doing something and as such, any new method should be documented for all to see and use. However, a good leader using tried and true techniques is more likely to be a trusted and confident leader.
[Note:] I have a small mini-series on Leadership Toolboxes here at theLeaderMaker.com.
- The Checklist – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-checklist/
- The Standup Meeting – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-standup-meeting/
- The SWOT Analysis – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-swot-analysis/
- The Planning Cell – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-planning-cell/
- Investigations – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-investigations/
- The Stand-down – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-stand/
- Rehearsals – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-rehearsals/
- After-Action Reviews – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-action-reviews/
- Terms of Reference – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-terms-reference/
- Leadership Conferences – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-leader-conferences/
- Targeted Indicators – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-indicators/
- Keeping Things Simple – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-keeping-things-simple/
- Leader Courses – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-leader-courses/
- Email and Texting – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-email-and-texting/
- Awards – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-awards/
- Personal Coaching – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-personal-coaching/
- Formal Evaluations – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-formal-evaluations/