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Leadership in the Trenches Col Harry LeBoeuf, USAF (ret). We all Lead in the Trenches!. Six Leadership Skills. Leadership Skill #1: Listening. “The #1 skill of the 21 st century leader is listening.”. Peter Drucker Author & Management Guru.

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Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

  • Leadership in the Trenches

  • Col Harry LeBoeuf, USAF (ret)


We all lead in the trenches

We all Lead in the Trenches!


Six leadership skills

Six Leadership Skills


Leadership skill 1 listening

Leadership Skill #1:Listening


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“The #1 skill of the 21st century leader is listening.”

Peter Drucker

Author & Management Guru


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“99% of the best ideas we ever had came from our people.”

Sam Walton,

Founder, Walmart


Top 5 leadership listening pitfalls

Top 5 Leadership Listening Pitfalls

  • Pride

  • Know it all

  • Don’t have the time

  • Think others are idiots

  • Don’t care


Leadership skill 2 envision

Leadership Skill #2:Envision


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“A task without a vision is drudgery.

A vision without a task is but a dream.

But a task with a vision is the hope of the world.”

Inscription circa 1770

Church in Sussex, England


Two keys to envisioning

Two Keys to Envisioning

  • Clarify

  • Connect


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“The role of a leader is to find a thousand different ways to say the same thing.”

Harry Quadracci, Founder

Quad Graphics


Leadership skill 3 adapt

Leadership Skill #3:Adapt


How to catch a monkey

How to Catch a Monkey


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“But the core of the matter (leading change) is always about changing behavior of people, and behavior change happens in highly successful situations mostly by speaking to people’s feelings.”

John Kotter, Author

Leading Change and The Heart of Change


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

Positive

Negative

Change Event

Change Event

Stage 1: Excitement

Stage 1: Denial

  • Stage 2: Resistance

  • Stage 2: Doubt

Stage 3: Acceptance

Stage 3: Hope

Stage 4: Commitment

Stage 4: Commitment


Leadership skill 4 develop

Leadership Skill #4:Develop


Two keys to developing your team

Two Keys to Developing Your Team

  • Training: develop competencies

  • Coaching: develop confidence


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

Remember: training is only appropriate if an employee needs a specific Skill, Knowledge, or Attitude that he/she does not currently possess to successfully fulfill their role.


What is leadership coaching

What is Leadership Coaching?

  • Equips people with the SKA to develop themselves.

  • Process – not an event.

  • Something you do with them – not to them.

  • Not about “fixing” people – it’s about unleashing potential.

  • Two-way relationship – not a one-way event.

  • Mindset and approach for improvement.


Leadership skill 5 execute

Leadership Skill #5:Execute


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“A good plan

violentlyexecutedtoday

is better than a perfect plan

next week.”

General George S. Patton, Jr.

WWII Commander


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“Vision without execution is an hallucination.”

Thomas Edison

Inventor


Two keys to execution

Two Keys to Execution

  • Delegate

  • Emancipate


Emancipate

Emancipate

Def: Giving people the Freedom to Succeed.


Goal of emancipation

Goal of Emancipation

Goal of emancipation is NOT to completely eliminate bureaucracy, but to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy!


Key emancipation question

Key Emancipation Question

NOT: How Much control do I need?

Is: How Little control do I need?


Leader s role in execution

Leader’s Role in Execution

  • Guide

  • Inspect

  • Redirect


Leadership skill 6 reward

Leadership Skill #6:Reward


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

Mark Twain

Humorist & Author


Realities of motivation

Realities of Motivation

Conventional Wisdom

Bosses motivate employees.

Unconventional Reality

Employees motivate themselves.


Realities of motivation1

Realities of Motivation

Unconventional Reality

Employees do what they do for their own reasons.

Conventional Wisdom

People do what they do for their organization’s or boss’ reasons.


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

Realities of Motivation

Unconventional Reality

Great leaders look for the roadblocks to motivation.

Conventional Wisdom

Great leaders look for people to pump up.


Realities of motivation2

Realities of Motivation

Unconventional Reality

Our job is to make our horses thirsty!

Conventional Wisdom

Our job is to lead our horses to water.


Leadership in the trenches col harry leboeuf usaf ret

Leadership in the Trenches

L isten

E nvision

A dapt

D evelop

E xecute

R eward

  • Col Harry LeBoeuf, USAF (ret)


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