What kind of organization do you work in or want to work in? In the trucking business and especially as a freight broker there are many different types of organizations available, run by people with many different leadership styles.Is your organization led by a “Positive” leader or a “Negative” leader?
Is your organization led by a positive leader? Positive leadership is infectious. Positive leadership coupled with effective communication helps build cohesive teams.Cohesive teams traditionally out-perform other organizations.Positive leaders set the stage for success and have lasting impacts on others.Positive leaders communicate continuously through word and example. Positive leaders lead by example in every aspect of their life whether at work or home.They do the small things as well as make the hard decisions.They are effective communicators.They don’t start by telling people what is messed up, they tell people how well they are doing.If something does need improvement, it is not neglected, but addressed after the positive aspects. If there are problems, positive leaders make corrections swiftly, but never in a demeaning way.Positive leaders instill confidence in their workforce.With this confidence employees act as a team and in the heat of the moment they understand the leader’s priorities and act without guidance.They show initiative, they are never looking over their shoulders.Positive leaders care and treat others as how they would want to be treated.They are fair and consistent.Positive leaders never look worried or upset, concerned maybe, but not upset.They are calm under pressure and don’t blame others. Positive leaders have organizations willing to work their hearts out, or using a military example, attack a hill when they know there is trouble on the other side.They do it without hesitation, never looking over their shoulder.There are hundreds of examples of how positive leaders create great organizations and winning teams.
On the other hand, negative leadership is the opposite.Negative leadership can be a cancer.Negative leaders can be successful, to a point.They traditionally rule by fear, by threats and by demeaning others.Organizations led by negative leaders lack initiative and consistently under perform. Workers are always fearful of making mistakes.They are always looking over their shoulder after every decision worrying if that will be the reason they are replaced, berated or punished. Again there are many more examples, but hopefully the point has been made.
What kind of organization do you work in? Does your organization have some of the traits linked to negative leadership or is it a positive environment?If you are in a leadership position, try some positive leadership.You might be surprised when your organization responds and pours their hearts out for you. People want positive praise.Everyone wants to do good, no one tries to fail.People want to succeed and be a part of winning organizations.They want to look forward to work, to be treated fairly, and to succeed in life.
Great organizations are led by positive leaders.Organizations striving for greatness are looking for positive leaders - be one of those people. If you have questions about how to be a positive leader or want to join a winning organization please contact Somerset Logistics at www.somersetlogistics.com.We challenge you to come and be a part of our Winning Team of “Excellent Freight Brokers and Independent Freight Agents.”
This blog article was inspired and uses several ideas attributed to COL (R) Dan Malone’s Article “The Subordinates” written December 1985, Army Magazine.