Benjamin Disraeli was a prominent member of the British government during the 1800s. He served in leadership positions for three decades including twice as prime minister. Disraeli said:
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes…The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.”
In order for you to be a success as a leader you need to understand the conditions in and around your team.
A) What internal and external pressures HAS the team faced in the past?
B) What internal and external pressures IS the team facing now?
C) What internal and external pressures WILL the team face in the future?
Here is the process to gain that understanding:
A) Look for information that already exists in books, surveys, or websites – This is a great place to learn what did happen and what is happening
B) Listen to people with information gained through experience -Talk to your team, your boss, experts in the industry
C) Learn what people need by analyzing the two together – Decide how you will achieve your goals now that you understand the conditions
The information you gather by looking, listening, and learning will be that on which you base all future steps to successful leadership.