RSS The Chameleon Effect

In previous posts, I’ve shared the theory that leaders often make more wrong decisions than right ones; however, the right or “correct” decisions often lead to actions that enable an organization to be viable and sustainable. For every leader there exists an expectation that they provide all the right answers, make all the right decisions, and typify ideals that his or her staff values and appreciates. It’s a rather tall order that – frankly – is impossible to accomplish.

We should keep in mind that no single individual delivers only positive outcomes or can be everything to everyone. That being said, wouldn’t it be nice if every leader strived for perfection? In an effort to start a dialogue on encouraging leaders to be the best they can be, I’d like to introduce a concept I call the Chameleon Effect.

We all know that the most distinctive quality of a chameleon is its ability to change colors and uniquely blend in with its environment. I see this same quality of “blending in” as a beneficial skill of the very best leaders because it can lead to improved results.  

How can you channel “chameleon-like” characteristics in the workplace? The following tips may prove helpful:

  1.  Be perceived (interchangeably) as both a leader and a peer. The ability to blend the two characteristics often leads to enhanced internal communication
  2. Put yourself in a position to positively tap into the informal “grapevine” rather than simply be the reason for its existence.
  3. Roll up your sleeves and understand the strengths and weaknesses of your team members so you can better identify the resources needed to elevate overall performance.
  4. Personally observe the best practices of your organization in order to champion them throughout your organization. This will give you improved tangible results.
  5. Engage yourself more fully into your organizations. (Please don’t read “micro-managing” here). By engaging in various activities, rather than just “working” at the company, you gain a sense of clarity and focus that is unmatched by any other activity.

So, what do YOU think?

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