David defines leadership as leading or taking an individual from one destination to the next, providing visual and verbal examples. The main goal is to grow as an individual and complete the goal at hand.
How does he achieve this task? Like other great leaders, he has created a leadership philosophy that gives step by step instructions to help guide leaders towards their goals.
Before I can lead an individual, I must build a strong lasting relationship with that person. Without understanding that individual, I will not successfully be able to lead that person to our goal as a team. I challenge myself to learn about every team member on a personal level.
Building relationships with each individual is of crucial importance because it strengthens the foundation of the team as a whole. Alignment across the collective group of individuals is essential to success. In order to foster a sense of harmony, I will perform team-building activities to reinforce the ideals of solidarity and unification. Should someone refuse to partake in the team activities, that person will not be allowed to continue towards completing the goal.
In order to have a tight nit team there must be trust among each teammate. Trust is the next step towards success. Without trust, a team’s chances of completing the task at hand becomes drastically slimmer. Each teammate must have confidence in the others in order to focus on completing their individual job. Displays of mistrust will not be tolerated. As a leader of the team, I must display this trust first by asking the question, “If a team member can not trust its leader, how can they trust their teammates?” I will meet with individuals and groups of the team to ensure the trust and confidence among the team remain strong. I will be upfront with each team member about what I expect out of them so there is no misunderstanding of a team member’s role.
Now that I have the individual’s’ trust and the team’s trust, the next building block is creating a work space with open competition. As a leader, I keep my mind open to other people’s suggestions for improving the team in anyway possible. To create this opening for external input, competition must be implemented within the team. If a team member has a better idea, I will welcome it with open discussion. If a team member is outperforming another, I will welcome it with increased rewards. With implementing competition within the team creates the opportunity for the team to grow and improve. This will only help to achieve the goal more efficiently and effectively. My challenge as a leader is to show this competitive edge by working and focusing on the mission. I must have a competitive edge that my teammates can see and imitate.
The second to last step is confidence and, as a leader, I must demonstrate confidence in our ability to achieve the collective goal. I will provide constructive criticism with positive reinforcement to keep the team’s confidence and morale high. This positivity will foster an upbeat work space in which the team members will enjoy working.
The completion of the mission is achieved by developing relationships with each individual on the team, then building a team with unity and trust. Having the ability to compete with confidence will improve the team’s chances of completing the mission. As a leader, I will surround myself with the mission. I will preach about the mission. I will not stop working until the mission is completed.