There are countless books and resources on leadership, the startling amount of leadership help and management books tells me something: leading people is difficult and we still don’t have it figured out yet. You will not find all of the secrets to leadership in this article, but what I do hope you find are two simple and practical tips that can help you today in your leading.

1) Have a well-defined job analysis. A job analysis differs from a job description in that goes into much more detail about the expectations of the job. It includes:

2) Offer hope and create opportunities for your team. When you lead people, they are going to let you down and you are going to let them down; it’s just the reality of the world we live in. I do not say that to be pessimistic, but to be realistic. Your job as a leader is to provide hope, personally and professionally, to inspire your team towards their goals, and the goals of the organization. When they fall short, teach them, guide them, and help them learn. If they are unwilling, or incapable, of doing such, then you may need to cut them loose. To do this, let me ask you a few questions:

So there it is, two simple tips that you can apply right now, before Christmas, to strengthen the influence you have as a leader. Always feel free to leave comments and thoughts, as well as questions or other perspectives. I am a student on this journey of leading as well, and look forward to a life of learning how to lead myself, my family, and my team better.

Josh Cole
Joshua Cole founded I.S.I. Leadership Consulting, LLC in 2014 after 10 years of experience at Chick-fil-A. In 2016, Joshua joined the Trevero team allowing him to better focus on helping people become better leaders. Driven by a desire to cultivate people to achieve their greatest potential, he has worked in a coaching and consulting role with over 100 Chick-fil-A Operators and leaders. He is a CORE Assessment consultant and uses that knowledge to focus organizational culture on people and service, conduct one-on-one coaching sessions, assist in the creation of talent management strategies and produce team development training classes.

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