NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES
WANT TO PROPEL YOUR LANDSCAPE BUSINESS FORWARD? LEADERSHIP IS THE ANSWER!
TO BE A BETTER LEADER ONE MUST REDEFINE HIS OR HER IDEA OF LEADERSHIP BY AVOIDING THESE NINE COMMON LEADERSHIP MISHAPS.
ow does a landscape professional create an evolving company—one
that is moving forward and won’t be- come stale?
He or she must lead it. Sounds simple, sure. But according
to Wes Gipe of Aileron, who spoke at NALP’s Leaders Forum in Aruba in January, this is essential if companies don’t want to die a slow death. What do ToysRUs, Radio Shack, Blockbuster and Sears all have in com- mon? “They all thought they were doing things right, but they didn’t stay right,” Gipe says. “They didn’t evolve.” Why didn’t they evolve? A lack of leadership. “All businesses are in the process of dying,” he says, “and it’s your job as a leader to get in the way of this.” Want to be a good leader of your landscape business? Not sure where to start? First, make sure you recognize the following nine traits that define poor leadership. Being aware of any prob- lems you may be causing as the leader of the business is the first step toward changing your mind-set toward success.
Poor Integrity A leader can be capable, intelligent and effective. But if he or she lacks integrity, trouble follows. For instance, if a landscape business leader engages in unethical behavior, he or she is setting an example for employees to soon follow suit.
Unclear Communicator A leader can create the most effective plan, but if he or she doesn’t communicate
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it to employees in a simple and moti- vating fashion, little progress will be made. If a leader can’t communicate their ideas clearly, they usually are not very effective.
No Vision Good leaders should always focus on how they can
make tomorrow more productive than today. Bad leaders, though, are often complacent—satisfied with the status quo. Progress will not happen if a leader doesn’t focus on the future with a clear improvement plan.
Bad Listener Most employees want to be a part of the big
picture. Interacting with and listening to employees is something that land- scape business owners can neglect when dealing with the daily grind. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. Build a loyal and faithful team by listening.
Too Arrogant The best leaders accept blame when things go wrong and give credit to team members when things go right. True leaders let go of their egos and focus on their people. After all, without them, where would you be?
Too Negative Being negative and sharing negative gossip shatters trust in a company. Negative leaders who encourage it and don’t take measures to eradicate it harm more than just company morale; they impede the flow of honest feedback
and communication throughout the company.
Favor top-down leadership When a leader’s title goes to his or her head, it can cause company focus to shift away from employee empowerment and toward the owner elevating his or her own feelings of self-worth. Leadership means provid- ing direction and guidance to encour- age growth, not exerting control.
having the confidence to make decisions. If someone is afraid to make and commit to decisions, all of the communication in the world won’t make a difference.
8 9 Overly Numbers-F numbers are an autopsy repor numbers are an autopsy means overly the business.
So o erly focusing on numbers means o erly f on the past and
on the past and not not the future ofthe future of the business.
“Leaders need o explain where we are going as a company, how we are going to get there and why it is wo th it, Gipe stresses. “The why so important.”
t to explain where we are going as a company how we are going to get there and why it is worth it,” Gipe stresses. “The why is so important.”
So overly focusing on numbers y focusing
y Numbers-Focused “Your y report
for the decisions you made 18 to 24 months ago,” Gipe says.
for the decisions you made 18 to 24 months ago, Gipe says.
Lack of Confidence At the end of the day, leadership is about
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