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Start How You Finish

InfoTech Insights Another great Charlotte Business Exchange (CBEX) Connect… With the wisdom shared from Matthew Doherty to the delicious breakfast served to support Leadership’s atmosphere for a stellar event, it was well worth the time spent. Most of you may know Matthew Doherty as a former Carolina player who played alongside Michael Jordan and coach of Notre Dame’s team. Did you know that Matt is now an Executive Coach and Speaker paying it forward with his life lessons and coaching from Dean Smith? Matt shared great insight about his career to include the peaks and valleys along the way. His journey helped him discover the core elements of what it takes to be a great leader and build winning teams. This insight will include the highlights that Matt shared with us…. Start How You Finish Leadership is not about the destination; it's about the journey. To be an effective leader, one must start how they intend to finish. Here are five keys to leadership that can help you guide your team toward success: 1. Vision - Think Bigger A strong leader must have a clear vision of where they are going. This vision should be ambitious and inspiring, encouraging others to follow. Think bigger, set audacious goals, and show your team the way. 2. Mission and Purpose Alignment Your mission and goals should be aligned with your overarching vision. Both long-term and short-term goals should be designed to steer your team in the right direction, always in pursuit of that grander vision. 3. Core Values - Is More Than Wall Art Core values aren't just pretty words on a wall; they should be deeply ingrained in your leadership. Live by these values, set an example for your team, and actively praise actions that align with these values. Remember, actions speak louder than words. 4. Behaviors Operationalize Core Values Translate your core values into practical behaviors. For instance, if "respect" is a core value, operationalize it by encouraging everyone to “leave the room nicer than they found it”. Regularly revisit and communicate these behaviors to ensure they become ingrained in your team's culture. 5. Accountability and Coaching As a leader, accountability is essential. Are you willing to confront bad behavior and correct it? Be more than a boss who merely says, "I got you." Be a coach who says, "I want to help you." Coach your team to align with your core values, providing guidance and support to carry them from point A to point B. In essence, true leadership is not about wielding power; it's about inspiring and guiding others to reach their full potential. By starting how you intend to finish, you can create a culture of growth, respect, and accountability, transforming from a boss into a coach who leads by example and empowers their team to achieve greatness. Food for thought… What additional keys do you find to be most effective for guiding your teams to success? If you need assistance with your IT solutions and services, gain instant access now via email or digital message us!

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