Behavioral Best Practices of Execution

March 18, 2013 -- Sal Silvester

One of the interesting observations I've noticed in my leadership development programs is that some leaders are naturally inclined to be more effective in different aspects of leadership. For example, in my last post, I pointed out some principles one executive uses to successfully execute on his vision. His natural tendencies enable him to get things done.  Other leaders might be more visionary or even better equipped at aligning their teams. 

Our personality styles can help or hinder us in various aspects of leadership. Lately, I have been using the Everything DiSC Work of Leaders Profile in my leadership development programs here in Denver, Colorado. This profile helps leaders understand how their natural tendencies impact their ability to craft a vision, align their organizations, and execute on the vision. 

Since I've been focused on execution in recent posts, I'll address that area first. When it comes to execution, we know that there are some key behavioral best practices that the most successful leaders employ. 

For example, they: 

  • Are driven versus low key
  • Plan effectively versus improvise
  • Address problems directly versus being focused on maintaining harmony

It's not that being low key, improvising, and maintaining harmony aren't important aspects of leadership. They are. But when it comes to execution, being driven, planning effectively, and addressing problems directly are what the best leaders do well. 

Stay tuned for the an upcoming post, where we'll address some of the behavioral best practices related to crafting a vision. 

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