LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM ROBERT GREENE’S ‘THE LAWS OF HUMAN NATURE’
Leadership is central to the success of any species on this planet. Especially the human race that is more complex and more diverse than any other species ever created. Here are five gems of leadership from Robert Greene’s bestselling book, Laws of Human Nature.
- Understand your role
The fundamental task of any leader is to provide a far-reaching vision, to see the global picture, to work for the greater good of the group and maintain its unity. That is what people crave in their leaders.
- Instill a collective sense of purpose
Purpose is that social force that compels people to want to belong. The reason your team/organization exists. You accomplish this by establishing an ideal. A positive mission that unites people. It must be lucid and simple.
- Assemble the right team of lieutenants
As leader, your success depends on your ability to focus on the larger picture and overall goals. You have only so much energy and you must thus marshal it wisely. You must surmount the fear of delegating your authority. This will allow you to evade the pitfall of micromanaging.
Bring together a team of people imbued with your collective sense of purpose. A team you can trust to manage the execution of ideas. In selecting this team, look for people who have skills that you lack.
Also, use character as a criteria for selection. A skilled writer with an ego larger than the sun won’t be of help. It means they’ll be averse to correction and ideas from other people. Just as a competent but lazy lawyer will prove more of a liability than an assent
- Let information and ideas flow freely
As your team evolves, your greatest danger will be the formation of a bubble around you. This bubble will filter information provided to you. You will end up only hearing what pleases you. Your perspective on reality slowly becomes distorted.
The goal is to get as much unfiltered information as possible. Encourage more frank discussions up and down the line. You want your meetings to be a rich vista of feedback. You want a diversity of opinion.
- Forge a battle-tested group.
As the saying goes, smooth sea never made a good sailor. Your team will inevitably run into a few storms. Observe the members of your team especially during these times. This is when their true character is revealed. In the end, you want a team that c OKan function under pressure. A resilient team that can keep the bigger picture in mind.
Identify these people and give them more responsibilities. Promote them. It is these people who will carry your vision even when the going gets tough.
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