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What makes a great Deployment Leader?

by Simon Grogan

Great deployment leaders possess a unique set of skills and qualities that enable them to lead their teams toward Enterprise Excellence. Do you have what it takes?

Ask yourself these three questions…

I know who I am, what I’m good at, how I speak, listen, and think, I know what brings me down and I know what motivates me, I am continually looking to better myself.

What best describes you against this statement?

  • I am fully self aware and always operate at my best
  • I know some things about myself and do have the occasional good day
  • I really don’t know myself and I don’t know here I’m going

I know what I have to do and I know how to do it, I understand system thinking, KPI’s, KBI’s, projects, horizons, leader standard work etc

What best describes you against this statement?

  • I understand all those things and I can implement them successfully.
  • I understand some of those things and every now and then when I implement them, they work
  • I have no idea what those things are and the thought of them scares me

 

I understand my team and what we need to do together to achieve our goals, I appreciate everyone is different and no two days or circumstances are the same.

What best describes you against this statement?

  • I am closely connected with all my team; we work as a collective to deliver our goals
  • I quite enjoy working with some of my teams and we have had some success.
  • I have no idea who my team are, I don’t like them.

Most of us go down the middle as leaders, I know bits about myself, my team and what we need to do.

What I  have observed, working with some of the world’s largest organizations is that leaders need to invest much more in themselves.  They need to learn about how they behave and react to situations, develop their ability to lead in all sorts of circumstances.  Essentially, they need to master the art of leadership communication and that starts by openly reflecting their personal traits, and be honest about what they are good and not so good at.

Great Deployment Leaders should role model what they expect from their people, show them humility, respect, vulnerability, and commitment to getting the job done. Next they need to create a system where everyone understands what needs to be done and how it needs to be done.  Go build some systems and  standards.  Your aim should be to make work harder to get wrong than right. The next step is to continuously measure and improve what you do.

Finally, once you know yourself and what you want to do, go work with your people, learn to instruct, mentor, coach and delegate, get the best out of people, make them better than you, delight in their success and not just your own.

Crazy ideas I know but if you think about it, it makes sense, know yourself, understand what you have to do and help your team do it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, please reach out if you’d like to chat…

Simon

Simon.Grogan@sapartners.com

 

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